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This is as good as it gets

Updated: January 1, 2006, 12:07 PM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

The short list of the most difficult things to do in sports almost compiles itself. Winning a championship is hard, but repeating as a champion is infinitely harder. Keeping a roster together for any length of time, through salary caps and free agency and dull-normal change, has become the great Sisyphean task of the age.

For an athlete, figuring out how and when to retire is a classic brain-twister. Go too soon and you risk leaving both production and money on the table; go too late and ...

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