Injuries happen to every team in every sport at any time.
With the NBA regular season winding down and the playoffs rapidly approaching, the league is staring down the possibility that three of its most recognizable and irreplaceable stars could be on the sidelines.
It's a worst-case scenario for the players, their teams and the league as a whole.
No professional team sport in America relies more heavily on "star power" to generate interest and revenue than the NBA. With only five starters per team and rotations that usually run under 10 players, every individual player has a fair amount of impact.
That impact is magnified by stars and superstars.
So when three of the NBA's superstars are felled by injuries, which may keep those players off the court into the postseason, the impact is dramatic and quite possibly NBA Title altering.
How will the injuries to Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose impact the final weeks of the regular season? Will those injuries continue to have impacts in the postseason?