Heirs Apparent for Each Current NBA Legend

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Heirs Apparent for Each Current NBA Legend
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The time comes in everyone's life. Even for legends.

In the not-so-distant future, four of the greatest players the NBA has ever seen—Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Chris Paul—will be hanging up their hightops for good. And though that's sad news for their fans, the reality is that cheesy Elton John song is right.

Life really is a circle, even in the NBA.

The void these four greats will leave will be filled by the talented next generation, players ready to hit their own game-winning shots, win their own championships, create their own legends.

Believe it or not, Frank Sinatra once saw Barry Manilow at a party in the late '70s, went over to him and poked the young singer-songwriter in the chest, saying only two words: "You're next."

Likewise, it's time for these four hoary hardwood heroes to poke the chests of those who would replace them.

Who's got next?

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