5 Aging NBA Stars Who Must Have a Huge Season in 2012-2013

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5 Aging NBA Stars Who Must Have a Huge Season in 2012-2013
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Marion is nearing the end in Dallas.

At a certain point in almost every NBA player's career, it comes time to put up or shut up.

Aging is hard for pro athletes. Their skills, what got them to highest level in their respective sport, begin to erode. And then what?

If these players perform under large contracts, the fall can be all the more precipitous. Who wants to pay eight figures to an aging, former star who doesn't have it any more?

There are a group of players in the NBA every season who fall under this category—players who may be nearing their last legs and need one more year in the sun just to prove that they've still got it and are worthy of being re-signed, retained or rehired.

Here's a handful of those players who are on the age bubble headed into the 2012-2013 season.

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