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NBA shuffles into All-Star crossroads

Why tacking on another year of post-high-school experience might benefit NBA

Updated: February 15, 2010, 1:36 AM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

The biggest fallacy about the NBA All-Star Game is that it's meaningless. It's not meaningless if you follow semiotics (the study of symbols and their relationship with reality) and see the value in this grandiose exhibition. You can't tell me a team picture from the 1955 All-Star Game doesn't give you all the necessary information about how dramatically different the NBA looked five and a half decades ago, or that this shot of Kobe and Shaq together atop a dais again didn't let you know that ...

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