LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were one of the greatest 1-2 punches in NBA history – so says the Chicago Bulls veteran big man Tristan Thompson … who tells TMZ Sports he has nothing but praise for his old teammates.

“I win a ‘ship with somebody, they’re always my favorite,” Thompson said.

Tristan Thompson played for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2011-12 to 2019-20.