Four of the greatest injury comebacks in NBA history

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Like all professional sports, basketball holds the potential for serious injury. Some are freak accidents, others are innocuous, while the majority are a result of the physical demands of the league. 

All players react differently to adversity. Some come back stronger, but others are never able to rediscover the level they possessed before their time on the treatment table.

Here are four of the best injury comebacks in NBA history.

Shaun Livingston

This is an injury you will never forget. One of the most gruesome the NBA has seen in recent history and it was seen live on national TV as Shaun Livingston's knee exploded in front of the camera.

At just 21 years of age, his rise up the NBA was put on hold. With the L.A. Clippers at the time, his rehab took 20 months and he bounced around franchises struggling to find a home. 

He has now settled with the Golden State Warriors, making a name for himself as the best backup point guard in the league and winning a ring in 2015. 

Paul George

Another player whose development was put on hold. Paul George was on the cusp of superstardom when he suffered a horrendous leg break during a Team USA scrimmage. 

After a double break to his lower right leg, George spent eight months on the sidelines before returning to practice in February and playing in the NBA in April.

The Pacers missed the playoffs in his absence but he led them to the postseason last season while also claiming All-Star honours for the third time in his career. He is currently with the USA in pursuit of an Olympic gold medal.

Amar'e Stoudamire

A player who suffered from injuries throughout his career, his time in the NBA threatened to end before it had even taken off while he was with the Phoenix Suns. 

After claiming his first All-Star selection and leading the franchise to the Western Conference finals in 2005, he required microfracture surgery on his left knee that kept him out of the following campaign and risked his athleticism, along with his future in the league.

However, he bounced back; averaging 20.4 points and 9.6 rebounds while also gaining All-Star honours once again. It kicked off a five-season run where he annually appeared at the showpiece event and reached the playoffs.

Michael Jordan

For the most part, MJ managed the majority of his career without experiencing too many injury problems. However, as a sophomore, his Airness broke his foot and was forced to miss the majority of the regular season.

Having played just three games of the 1985-86 campaign, he returned for the final 15 outings and put in an incredible performance in the playoff defeat to the Boston Celtics. He scored 49 and 63 in games one and two respectively before having less of an impact as they were swept.

As for what he achieved after that year, well you don't need me to tell you.

Paul George
Indiana Pacers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Shaun Livingston
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
New York Knicks
Atlantic Division
Michael Jordan
Chicago Bulls

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