Is This the Most Compelling Season in NBA History?

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Is This the Most Compelling Season in NBA History?
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Kobe Bryant's return and LeBron James' quest to three-peat should attract no shortage of attention.

Do you enjoy watching heroes return to glory? Triumphant last stands? Impending free-for-alls?

Here's hoping you're an NBA fan, in that case. The 2013-14 season will tout all of that and more.

For LeBron James and the Miami Heat, this year could mark the beginning of a dynasty or the end of an era. They'll be going for their third straight championship, something that hasn't been done since the early-2000s Los Angeles Lakers.

If they fall short, however, Miami's Big Three could decide to break up in the 2014 offseason. Anyone ready for "The Decision: Part Two?"

The Heatles aren't the only potential franchise-changing 2014 free agents out there. Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and DeMarcus Cousins (restricted) could also be available, setting the stage for an offseason feeding frenzy.

Additionally, we'll be treated to a slew of injured stars making their return to the court, including Bryant, Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo and Russell Westbrook. Depending on how each player responds to his injury, the landscape of legitimate championship contenders could hang in the balance.

These storylines are only the tip of the iceberg. Let's take a closer look at the major narratives to keep an eye on during the 2013-14 NBA season.

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