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To be or not to be the man?

Updated: May 30, 2004, 4:05 PM ET
By David Aldridge | Special to ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- This is the time when you see the wheels turn. The boys who would be men, left to their own devices, struggle. Their frames of reference are narrow; their worldview limited; their history brief. And so the old men of the NBA continue to win in May and June, and the kids are left to wonder: How do you do it? How do you impose yourself on the most important time of the season, and make it your own, without overwhelming the very people that you most need to win?

When do you ...

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