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Hobbled NBA Stars with the Most to Prove in 2013-14 Season

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Hobbled NBA Stars with the Most to Prove in 2013-14 Season
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When NBA stars are forced to miss extended periods of time or battle through immeasurable amounts of pain, we long for the day that they will return to health. 

Watching a perennial All-Star occupy a courtside seat or play at a level that we're not used to is difficult. Diehard fanatics probably even experience sympathy pains. 

The Association is built around the success and hype its stars generate. Tickets cost a fortune, but human-highlight reels are worth the cost of admission. 

Injuries ruin everything, though. 

Stars aren't always able to recapture their previous swagger and dominance following extended stints on the sidelines. They have to prove they can still ball at the highest level, and it doesn't always work out that way. 

 

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