Duncan and Bryant leave as legends. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, FIle)
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Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. Players synonymous with their cities and their franchises are now gone in a summer of upheaval the NBA has rarely seen before, and the teams left behind begin their searches for new identities after saying the hardest of goodbyes.Five championships, two MVPs for Duncan, the most enduring success story in American sports.Bryant beat Duncan out of the door by a couple of months, ending 20 colorful seasons with the Lakers with a 60-point outburst in his final game. The consistency wasn't the same as Duncan's, but the Lakers captured five titles as well during Bryant's time and vaulted back into the league's hierarchy.Finally, the Bulls traded Rose, a former MVP and one of the city's favorite sons, to the New York Knicks.Player movement is one of the league's hallmarks, but Dwyane Wade in a Bulls jersey?All players see their careers end eventually. Duncan may not have been the force of nature he was for the Spurs in his earlier days, and he may have passed the torch to Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge last season.
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