With no return date in sight for the 2011-12 NBA season, there are at least 10 current players that wake up every morning during this lockout and check their watch, clock or calendar to see what day it is. Because unless they can channel Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, each 24 hours means their internal NBA clock is ticking closer to the zero. Not everyone can be John Stockton or Karl Malone and play into their 40s. As we saw at the end of last season with Shaquille O’Neal‘s retirement, all good things must come to an end. With that, we evaluate the future of the NBA’s 10 oldest players:
10. Ben Wallace
Evaluation: There’s really not much left for Wallace to achieve. He was an NBA Champion in 2004, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year on four occasions and made the All-Star Game four times as well. At 37, Wallace would gladly play out the last year of his deal for about $2.25 million if a resolution can be reached. At the same time, it would be a lot for Wallace to return if the whole season is lost.
9. Antonio McDyess
Evaluation: McDyess’ contract would have paid him $5.2 million this season, although the Spurs extended the deadline of whether or not they were going to waive him to the first day of the next free agency period. With that date clearly uncertain, McDyess has time to think about whether or not he really wants to hang ’em up. All year he had made it clear that the 2010-11 season was going to be his last, but as we’ve seen before, it’s hard to walk away. Having never won a ring, he could still be holding out hope, while this lockout gives his body a chance to rest.