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Endangered Species: NBA Center

Could Smits and Ostertag stay on the floor in today’s NBA?

Howard Beck’s headline was “The All-Star Center is Officially Extinct.”  The news was the league’s abolition of the center from the All-Star ballot.  Rather than force fans to choose between hard-foul specialist X or 14 points and 8 rebounds role player Y, the NBA adapted to style changes and acknowledged that no longer are its biggest players worthy of automatic slots amongst the games best and brightest stars.  Instead of a Center box to fill on the ballot, there will be two backcourt and three frontcourt spots.  In other words, more forwards, fewer centers. Continue reading



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