The old adage "injuries are a part of the game" certainly held true during the 2011-2012 NBA season. The condensed schedule—a result of the lockout—caused players to return to the league in less-than-peak condition and slog through a grueling season of basketball.
Last year more than prior seasons, the NBA had to watch many of its elite, transcendent talents spend time in street clothes on the end of the bench. Players ranging from the chronically hurt to young stars who had barely missed games in their careers all suffered troubling injuries throughout the past six months of basketball.
Who gets hurt versus who stays healthy has always been a major part of professional basketball. Countless games, playoff series and even championships have been swung by one guy being unable to suit up when his team needed him.
Heading into the 2012-2013 season, here are a dozen players whose health is a major question mark.