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“Historically, when you’re resting a 36-year-old player or a player with a history of injuries, that’s fine. But when that player gets to be 26 and it’s a wholesale sort of an elimination of rosters for a game, that’s less about resting and more about something else going on, and we’re going to have to come to grips with that at some point. Or at least, Commissioner Silver will.”

Stern is scheduled to retire Feb. 1 and Silver will replace him.

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