The best of the best remaining in the NBA playoffs are gunning for a championship while they still can.
So much of a superstar's title prospects is circumstantial. As much as an individual's greatness can tip the balance in an NBA game, factors like supporting casts, matchup issues, health and straight-up luck can undo a star's best efforts. That's how guys like Karl Malone and Charles Barkley go their entire careers without winning a ring.
The great players shooting for the 2013 title know there's no guarantee of another shot. It's that fleetingness that causes superteams to form and dynasties to stick together.
Whether they have a ring or not, these stars share the same ultimate goal. The only thing that might (or might not) vary is how long they have to chase it.