This lockout has led to a long, strange journey for the finest athletes in the sporting world.
We anticipated that it would result in a number of players losing focus on the NBA and possibly losing some muscle or gaining weight due to being involved in the labor negotiations or just taking advantage of the lockout and going on an extended vacation.
That has not been the case, however, as a number of players have actually improved their well-being.
With reports coming in from training camps across the NBA, it seems that the majority of the league's players have improved their bodies and are now healthier and stronger than ever.
Even players that have dealt with weight issues in the past—that we suspected would become the Shawn Kemp during the 1999 lockout—have taken a turn for the better and are now more than capable of playing 48 minutes worth of basketball.
However, not all is right as a few players have also dealt with injury concerns, including one superstar on a possible contender.
We'll go through a quick run-down of the latest news out of training camps with five stories either helping or ailing a team.