Three of the greatest comebacks in NBA history

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There have been some rumours going around recently about certain former NBA superstars potentially making a comeback.

With the talk of Ray Allen still being approached by teams despite being out for the entire 2015/16 season and Derek Fisher sparking confused whispers of a comeback following some footage he posted on Instagram of ball-handling drills combined with a very vague caption.

In light of all of this, it got us thinking about the best comebacks in NBA history. Let's take a look at some of them.

Michael Jordan

How could we not start this list off without the Greatest player in the history of the game. No player has ever left the game and returned quite like Mike did.

After winning his third championship and the death of his father, James R. Jordan Sr., Jordan left the game to pursue his father's dream of his son playing professional baseball. 

Following a two-year spell with the Chicago White Sox's development teams, MJ uttered those two fateful words: "I'm back."

He won two more MVP's, five more All-Star nods and three additional NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls in his second stint with the team. 

Shaun Livingston

Shaun Livingston's return from that horrific knee injury he suffered back in 2007 was an incredible feat that should not go unnoticed.

You've almost certainly seen the video, and if you haven't then we're sorry but there is absolutely no chance of linking it in here, where Livingston managed to destroy basically the entirety of his left knee. 

The exciting point guard tore his ACL, lateral meniscus, and PCL while badly spraining his MCL and dislocating his patella and tibia-femoral joint. There was apparently a chance that Livingston could have had his leg amputated and it took months of rehabilitation before the then 21-year-old could even walk again.

But look at him now. The 30-year-old won an NBA Championship with the Golden State Warriors last year and got so close to repeating this past season. Not bad for a guy who was near amputation.

Cleveland Cavaliers

It is incredibly recent, but it definitely deserves to be on here. The Cleveland Cavaliers are the only team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals to win the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

The Warriors raced out to a commanding lead in the 2016 NBA Finals, beating the Cavaliers by a combined 59 points in their wins and seemed to be strolling their way towards back-to-back titles with two games at home to wrap it up. 

The Cavaliers, however, had other ideas.

LeBron James scored 41 points in game five and six, then topped it off in game seven with a Cavaliers-leading 27 to see the Ohio franchise claim the greatest series comeback the NBA has ever seen. 

To paraphrase Cavs radio announcer John Michael, the Cavaliers were the NBA Champions, and the impossible dream had come true.

LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Shaun Livingston
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Michael Jordan
Chicago Bulls

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