As NBA stars like Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan pass beyond the age of 30, one of two things happens: Either they quietly give in and embrace a slow decline, or they find a way to delay the inevitable.
The latter option is obviously a much tougher trick to pull off. It requires some combination of extra work, reinvention and craftiness. Sometimes, it takes all three.
Most don't have what it takes to stay on top when the skills that got them there start to erode, but a few find a way.
Sometimes, guys double down on time in the gym, hoping to add new looks and dimensions to their games. For others, increased mental development makes the difference. The most successful age-defiers do both; they work on new tricks while also developing a better understanding of the game.
That last double-down option is, by far, the rarest. But it's not impossible.
We've gathered together more old dudes than you'll find at Denny's at 4:30 p.m. on a week day for our list of the 10 NBA stars getting better with age. These aged players are all north of 30, but every one of them has found a way to hang on (or even improve) by developing into different versions of their former selves.
*All stats accurate through games played Jan. 7, 2013
**PER stats via Basketball-Reference.com