But I must admit, I do feel somewhat culpable for the flood of misfortune to befall the NBA's superstars over the past seven days. Last week, I dubbed the 2012-13 season as the Year of the Injured Superstar, citing the likes of Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, Tony Parker and Kyrie Irving, among others, to support my "humble" designation.
Since then, Kobe Bryant's been victimized by Dahntay Jones (again), Carmelo Anthony has been shuffled in and out of the New York Knicks lineup while finally submitting to having his knee drained of fluid, and Andrew Bynum's been officially shelved for the year after giving in to the inevitable—namely, more surgery on both of his chronically catastrophic knees.
As such, this week's list looks more like the aftermath of a war of attrition than an honest-to-goodness evaluation of the NBA's Who's Who. Luckily, there's no shortage of players for whom a strong argument for inclusion can be made.
Nonetheless, it behooves all of us hoops heads to scribble out some "Get Well" cards and cobble together care packages for our favorite superstars, so many of whom are already laid up. And to keep our fingers crossed that those who are still walking (and playing) stay that way.