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Are centers really a dying breed? Quite the contrary

"I feel like we're dinosaurs, almost done." -- Yao Ming

"There's just not a lot of us left." -- Dwight Howard

Talk to almost anyone in the NBA, and they'll tell you the same story -- that centers are a dying breed, that once Shaq retires there will hardly be any left, and that the rare battle between two true low-post players makes them misty-eyed for the days of yore. It's a consensus you'll rarely hear anyone contest.

It's also totally false.