We build our heroes up just to see them fall.
We fail to understand individual desires, ulterior motives and the underlying reasoning behind injuries. We value an indisputably brilliant season over a masterful career. What we also do, however, is evaluate the facts.
Whether it's the route a player willingly takes or a simple inability to put forth the level of production they once were able to achieve, some just lack what they once possessed. Unfortunately, this is not a generational trend. It occurred early in the league's history and will continue until the league's end.
And this generation is not immune to such an event. Here is a list of 10 of the NBA's big names who can vouch for such an unfortunate truth.