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NBA Injury Analysis: Players Returning from Injury

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

The 2013-14 NBA season was riddled by injury as the 30 teams collectively lost nearly 5,000 games to injury and illness, the highest total in the last six seasons. This was particularly problematic for fantasy owners who were forced to scramble for replacements and make the necessary adjustments to handle a downed player.

No one seemed immune, with rookies, veterans, MVPs, and All-Stars all succumbing to injuries. Fortunately, the new season brings a fresh start, as many of the players who had significant injuries last season are hoping to bounce back this year.

Kobe Bryant

The Black Mamba's season was limited to six games after two different injuries limited his availability. He missed the first 19 contests recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, and his return was brief. Bryant then suffered a broken leg just six games into his return, specifically the lateral plateau of his tibia. The tibia is the bigger of the lower leg bones and bears the m

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