Replacing Kobe, Duncan, Nowitzki
How can teams prepare for life without their perennial All-Stars?
Teams don't want to talk about it, but they should always prepare for the twilight years of their franchise stars. Sure, everyone knows the good times won't last forever, but savvy organizations have a plan in place for when their cornerstones ride into the sunset.
If you look at the rosters for this season's All-Star Game, you'll notice that several players are either on the downside of their careers or just about to turn that corner.
With that in mind, which team is best equipped to handle its elder All-Star's inevitable decline?
Let's break it down.
To read about the team backup plans for losing Yao Ming, Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki, you must be an ESPN Insider.
MORE NBA HEADLINES
- Irving torches Blazers for 55, clutch 3 in win
- Kobe has surgery, expected out 9 months
- LeBron out against Blazers for sprained wrist
- Hawks stretch win streak to franchise-best 17