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The benchmark for success in the NBA

Updated: March 11, 2005, 2:34 PM ET
By Adrian Wojnarowski | Special to ESPN.com

The rank-and-file basketball union will never fight David Stern to the ends of the earth on a minimum age for the draft, so the commissioner ought to make it a deal breaker. The NBA needs to protect its distilled and dilapidated product, the way the NFL has done without the teeny-bops trying to break into its sport. LeBron James is a once-in-a-generation phenomenon, but Kwame Brown and DeSagana Diop are too often clown princes dragging down the back end.

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