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Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan on parallel paths

Although they have had their issues at times, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan are in very similar situations as they reach their NBA golden years. Born less than a month apart in 1976, both seriously contemplated retirement over the summer before agreeing to return on three-year deals, stunning their teams.

They are both playing at a high level and have an opportunity to return to the All-Star Game after missing out last year. Matchups between the two are fascinating to watch because they resemble Ali-Frazier fights, two aging warriors with all the tricks, clashing with different styles.

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