Being forced to watch your team from the bench in street clothes is bad enough, but Rajon Rondo had to watch his Boston Celtics slip to the dreadful bottom of the Eastern Conference in 2013-14 before finally returning.
A rebuilding season is a trying time for any player, but especially for a star in his prime coming off a major injury.
In a year meant for rebuilding, assessing talent and snagging a high lottery pick, the eventual return of Rondo was one of the few bright moments Boston fans had to look forward to.
As recovery time lengthened and the trade rumors swirled though, it began to seem like he was more a dark cloud hanging over the team than its franchise player.
However, Rondo managed to dispel that notion through the 30 games he played.
There were obviously some kinks that needed to be worked out on both ends of the court, but by the end of the season, Rondo looked like his usual triple-double-threat self.
Along the way, he also gave fans a solid share of remarkable moments to tide them over while they dream of Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins.
With another offseason of recovery under his belt, Rondo should be even better in 2014-15, but let's take a look at his best moments from this past campaign.