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Few 40-year-olds have turned back the clock

Is there life in the NBA after 40? A middle-aged Michael Jordan is about to find out.

Originally Published: October 28, 2002
By Sam Smith | Special to ESPN.com

It has been said that life begins at 40. Though often, it seems these days, with some help from Viagra.

Life in professional sports usually ends at 40, or long before, even for the great ones.

"I remember many years ago talking about how age 33 was the pivotal age for guards," said Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who retired as a player at age 34. "Oscar (Robertson) was about 33 when he got a championship and the next year the wheels fell off. Walt Frazier the same thing (both played until ...

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