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Old and in the way in the NBA

On top for years, the Lakers, Celtics and Spurs look as if their time has passed

Originally Published: May 19, 2011
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

On the West Coast, the graying (and eventual retirement from the 2011 playoffs) of the Los Angeles Lakers was accompanied by supermarket-tabloid pop psychology: Did a personal rift between Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol fray and derail another championship run? Did the players stop listening to the Zen Master as he walked the path of mindfulness for the final season?

On the East Coast, responses to the end of the Boston Celtics at the hands of the Miami Heat were typical Boston, meaning ...

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