It seems like just yesterday the Miami Heat were hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy. The excitement of the playoffs, where it seemed like anything could and did happen, gave way to a sense of inevitability.
As we head into the 2013-2014 season, every other team in the Association is hearing "not one, not two" in its head, knowing that LeBron James and the Heat are going for that promised third ring and will be prohibitive favorites. Other teams have drafted, signed and worked in hopes that they will be better, and over the next nine months we'll find out.
But if you watched closely last season, you'll know it's not always talent that wins. Sometimes keeping the talent on the floor is the bigger challenge. Injuries become what-ifs. Would the Thunder have won if Russell Westbrook's knee hadn't been nudged out of the playoffs? What would the Bulls have done if Derrick Rose had decided to play? Was there one last run in the Celtics if Rajon Rondo had been at the point?
We not only have to answer some of the injury questions left over from last year, but we'll also have new ones. No team will come out unscathed or unscarred. Some team that might have given the Heat a run will fall by the wayside, left only with another sad what-if.
I'm excited by the prospects of the upcoming NBA season and proud to be a part of the world-class coverage here at Bleacher Report. So let's open up our own version of camp by taking a look at the biggest injury questions we have heading into a new season...