With the Ides of May just around the corner, the league's veterans become as important as ever to their team's title hope in the NBA Playoffs.
In this lockout-shortened season, the NBA's old guard has been saving their bodies for playoff time more than ever. The Spurs 'Big Three' sat entire games. Even Kobe Bryant bowed out of a scoring-title race to rest up for the postseason.
These 'rest jobs' will not work out for everybody. Only a few veterans will seize their big moments and shine come closing time.
Read on to see which NBA veterans will come through this postseason, just as they have for years.