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Aaron Gordon

Time to salute NBA's golden oldies

Time to salute NBA's golden oldies

Hold the good-bye tributes, heartfelt testimonials and the parting gifts for L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant. (I mean, what do you get a guy who takes every shot?)

Just weeks from his 37th birthday, Kobe won't say yet if this season — his 20th — is his last.

Why keep going?

"I'm crazy," Bryant told Yahoo. "I love playing. It's weird. You go from as a kid loving the game, thinking you will be able to play forever to being where I am now and understanding there is some finality to it."

Kobe is among a group of great golden oldies — all sure-fire future Hall of Famers — who are nearing the end of their...