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Rose-Wall: A changing of the guard

Young NBA stars ready to challenge each other in first regular-season matchup

Updated: November 13, 2010, 8:32 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Kurt Thomas has seen it all in his 15-plus years in the NBA.

The former Texas Christian star was drafted five spots behind Kevin Garnett, who revolutionized the brief preps-to-pros era. Thomas has lived through the Euro invasion and endured the steak salad days of Shaquille O'Neal.

He's seen the demise of the hand-check rule and the inclusion of zones; the end of Michael Jordan and the beginning -- and middle -- of LeBron James.

Now he's a wizened vet, bearing ...

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