Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Nash, and The NBA's Current All-Over-35-Team

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Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Nash, and The NBA's Current All-Over-35-Team
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They are past their prime. Some of them have lost that explosive first step, while others' knees don’t bend like they used to.

A couple have even had retirement announcements only too realize that they aren’t yet finished with the game they love and have been playing their whole life.

Also, they are a few players that have had to read about in the paper and hear on television about how they can’t play anymore and are nothing more than a liability for whatever team with the audacity to put them on the floor.

While some have to answer questions about whether or not they can still play in the league, there are others who continue to flourish on the court during their twilight years. In fact, some seem to be getting better, or at least maintain playing at very a high level to compete with the new young guns in the NBA.

Bottom line, these guys are all 35 years or older and doing their best at being old men trying to keep up with young adults.

These guys do share a common ground in age, but some are also miles apart from others, namely in the roles that they fill for their respective team.

Some of these guys are still critical enough that would leave their team in panic if they weren’t still playing. Then, there are guys who still can crack the starting lineup, guys who make for a strong sixth-man, others that come off the bench, the journeymen, and then the guys who are lucky to still have a roster spot.

The NBA had 19 guys that were currently 35 years or older, but the recent retirement announcement by Adonal Foyle leaves with us 18 guys. This is a pretty good number for us to work with.

We have a solid starting five to put together, the first man off the bench, the guys to complete the bench, and enough to give us a full scout team and reserves in case of injuries.

(Complete list of the Old Men: Ray Allen, Chucky Atkins, Marcus Camby, Anthony Carter, Erick Dampier, Michael Finley, Adonal Foyle, Grant Hill, Juwan Howard, Zydrunas Illgauskas, Allen Iverson, Jason Kidd, Antonio McDyess, Steve Nash, Shaquille O’Neal, Joe Smith, Jerry Stackhouse, Kurt Thomas, Ben Wallace)

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