Injuries are commonplace in professional sports where the world’s elite athletes compete nightly at the highest level imaginable. The 2013-14 NBA season has been no exception to the norm, as numerous All-Star-caliber players have been forced to watch games from the sidelines.
Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets and the recently shut down Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers are just a few of the names that are labeled out for the season due to varying injury woes.
The Nets and Bulls have been able to overcome debilitating ailments to their stars, but the Lakers haven’t had enough depth to compensate.
Even teams like Phoenix Suns (Eric Bledsoe) and Oklahoma City Thunder (Russell Westbrook) have been forced to play a significant chunk of games without their elite point guards—both guys have since returned.
It’s not a positive sign that an entire 12-man roster can be formed out of the Association’s injured players. That fact is even more alarming when you realize this fictitious team would easily compete for a playoff spot in either conference when healthy.
In a perfect world, every team would be at full strength at all times. Durability, however, continues to be a prevalent and integral part of the NBA.