Aging gracefully in the NBA

Celtics' Wallace embraces new role while Iverson fights it

Updated: November 10, 2009, 1:38 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

Rasheed Wallace came into the NBA one year before Allen Iverson, and the two spent much of last season together in Detroit. But, at their advanced ages, the two couldn't be handling their shifts to reserve roles any more differently.

While Wallace, 35, has embraced coming off the bench in helping the Celtics to a 7-1 start, Iverson, 34, has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the Grizzlies and their grisly 1-6 record. Iverson's departure is due in part to a family issue, but reports ...

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