NBA Stars Poised to Make Major Statements in 2013-14

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NBA Stars Poised to Make Major Statements in 2013-14
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Part of what separates NBA stars from your Average Joes and Janes—aside from size, speed, strength, athleticism and an intrinsic desire to post workout videos on the Interwebz—is their appetite for motivation. Even the most harmless of statements, critical or otherwise, can be and often are twisted into the requisite fuel for greatness by the likes of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and any number of their peers atop the league's leaderboard.

But gimmicks needn't be the only things that drive top-notch athletes to be better. In fact, those factors that most often motivate basketball's best (i.e. past failures, job security, proving doubters wrong, wanting to improve) are all too familiar to Average Joes and Janes everywhere.

The biggest difference, then, is that NBA players have the opportunity to parlay those motivational tactics into significant steps taken forward in front of arenas packed with thousands of fans and countless more watching at home. For these seven studs, that's what the 2013-14 season will be all about.

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