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High School Breakdown: Will the NBA’s Preps-to-Pros Players Last?

Published by on May 8, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Kevin Garnett's mysterious knee injury, Jermaine O'Neal's creaky knees, Tracy McGrady's (voluntary) microfracture surgery, Jonathan Bender's career-ending knee pain.

The first (and only, for now) generation of NBA players who entered the league out of high school are now hitting their 30s and racking up the injuries.

Over the next few years, will we witness these preps-to-pros players break down at an earlier age than players who went to college or played overseas?

Now that these players are cracking the age of 30 and their number of games is creeping past 1,000, we're seeing the effect that playing 82-game seasons (plus playoffs) is having on their bodies. Players' bodies (knees, especially) are beginning...

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