For the 2011-12 NBA season, there are quite a few players who are desperately hoping not to lose any games for multiple reasons, but principally because Father Time is knocking on their door.
The stars of the past generation are reaching the end of the road, and it's unclear as to whether their bodies will allow them to play in many more games. What is clear is that their window to win another championship is closing—fast.
Others still have plenty left in the tank and are looking to prove doubters wrong. Not playing for a full season would only add fuel to the urgency fire.
Here's a look at the top five players who, for whatever reason, will be praying the experts are wrong and that a full NBA season will begin in November.