NBA Stars Cross All Age Lines

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The NBA is all about stars, creating them, grooming them and keeping them from fading, as we'll be reminded constantly between now and Sunday. No other professional league relies so heavily on individuals in what's supposed to be a team sport. David Stern once compared NBA players to Disney characters, (Metta World Peace as Dopey, no doubt).

But the process of getting and developing stars is a complicated one, filled with false starts, dead ends and wasted money that only occasionally results in a sparkling, finished product ready to be mass marketed through shoe commercials. And even when a star is born and raised, he doesn't always stay loved and adored. LeBron James, anyone? Dwight...

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