Basketball is a streaky game. As quickly as a team can get hot and take control, a single injury can totally derail a team's entire season (or more).
Just ask the Chicago Bulls, who lost Derrick Rose to a knee injury in the first game of the 2012 playoffs. With no timetable on his return, the team must try to remain competitive for what might be an entire season without its best player.
Other teams, however, will depend on players to make big comebacks right out of the gates. Rose was far from the only major casualty of the 2011-12 season, and a plethora of players will be looking to bounce back in 2012-13.
Whether through a change of scenery, a rehabbed injury or both, several NBA stars appear poised to come back strong this season. Here's a look at a few such cases.