Messing up at a minimum-wage gig isn't an especially earth-shattering affront to professionalism as we know it. In times like these, chances are you are your own biggest critic.
For athletes making multiple millions of dollars every year, the stakes are just a tad bit higher. When things go wrong, they go really wrong. The NBA is littered with a long history of once great or promising players flaming out and looking forward to careers off the court sooner than they ever planned on doing so.
But, for every Stephon Marbury or Gilbert Arenas, there's a guy like Brandon Roy making a comeback from knee conditions that were no fault of his own.
That is, of course, the beauty of redemption.
Here's a look at five players who all hit lows of one sort or another. They'll each go into this season with a slate that might not be entirely clean just yet, but is sure ready for a good scrubbing.