If the 2012-13 NBA season was "The Year of the Setback," then, perhaps, the 2013-14 campaign will be remembered as "The Year of the Bounce-Back."
Injuries are an unavoidable part of sports, but they seemed to strike the best and brightest of the NBA with alarming frequency last season. As a result, teams across The Association—from the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls in the East to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves out West—saw their hopes and dreams for bigger and better things scuttled by the unfortunate facts of life on the hardwood.
Predicting strong and quick recoveries for the likes of Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo, the aftereffects of whose devastating injuries figure to carry well into the fall, is a delicate endeavor, to say the least.
There's no telling how the Black Mamba, at the age of 35, will handle his return from a torn Achilles tendon (i.e. arguably the most agonizing ailment in the game) or even when he will. As for Rondo, a torn ACL like his usually requires at least a year for full recovery, though he may be ready to play in some capacity before January.
There are a myriad of other stars, though, for whom prognosticating reclamations of their former glory requires little to no agonizing over the outcome, as is the case for these six stars.