Are centers really a dying breed? Quite the contrary

Originally Published: January 10, 2008
By John Hollinger | ESPN Insider
Yao Ming and Tim DuncanD. Clarke Evans/NBAE/Getty ImagesBattle between two of the game's best centers? Depends who you ask and how you define a center.

"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.