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In the middle, counting to two is tough

The classic center might as well be placed on the endangered species list, because few exist anymore.

Updated: November 21, 2002, 6:21 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Tim Duncan would be the second-best center in the NBA, except that he prefers to be the finest power forward instead. Call him a center and he'll bank you off the glass.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas could be the second-best center in the NBA, and very well might be at the minute. Trouble is, not even Big Z himself dares to promise you that his blasted feet will hold up.

Alonzo Mourning should be the second-best center in the NBA, of course, and you know the sad story why he isn't. All we want ...

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