A Virtual NBA Ironman Competition

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A Virtual NBA Ironman Competition
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Is the aged Kobe Bryant the NBA's ultimate ironman?

Welcome to the NBA Ironman Competition, where we go through the league's toughest competitors and determine who has the greatest endurance.

Let's lay out some ground rules.

Grinding through NBA play requires a number of things: The strength to consistently play major minutes, the skill to warrant that kind of run, the fortitude to withstand the bangs and bruises and the willpower to fight through them.

We'll start with 16 players from each conference and pit them against each other until we have our final Ironman. For purposes of seeding, we'll be working with each player's 2012-13 minutes per game stat.

That's about as objective as this is going to get. Like any judgement of a vacuous descriptor such as toughness, the rest is arbitrary.

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