Over the Hill?

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Since 1963, only 5 players have played an NBA basketball game on their 40th birthday.  Two of them, James Edwards and Jason Kidd, went for quality over quantity on their ruby anniversary. Each of them took and made just one shot.

Two of the others had eerily similar stat lines.  John Stockton and Steve Nash are both revered as point gods from their respective eras.  On his 40th, Stockton went for 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists.  In an apparent 40th birthday homage, Nash scored 19 points, corralled 4 rebounds and dished out 5 assists.

Of course, no discussion of NBA elder statesmen is complete without Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  Kareem celebrated his official over-the-hill birthday with a fantastic game.  Besides a solid 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, Kareem also snagged 2 steals and blocked 2 shots, proving that he was not finished being a solid contributor on both ends of the floor.

Courtesy of Basketball Reference

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