Injuries seem to conquer one player after another this 2013 NBA season; and it doesn't seem to be looking any better going into 2014.
Many players are injured and some of these injuries have sidelined players for many games or have cost them their entire 2013-2014 NBA season.
The latest injury is to Atlanta Hawk Al Horford, who has suffered a torn pectoral muscle in his shoulder in which he injured in the December 26, 2013 game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. This injury may have him sidelined for the rest of the 2014 season.
Brook Lopez, the Brooklyn Nets all star center, won't be leading the Nets to a playoff game because he has suffered a fractured foot which may likely end his 2014 season.
Other players likely out for the rest of the 2014 season are all star point guard Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls who suffered another knee injury that required surgery after coming back from knee surgery last year and Charlotte Bobcats guard Jeff Taylor who has a ruptured right achilles injury.
Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook, has had a setback. He returned earlier than expected three games into the season from last year knee surgery. Westbrook began experiencing knee swelling and a consulting physician determined that Westbrook needed arthroscopic surgery to clear the area where the swelling was taking place. Due to this surgery, Westbrook is expected to be out until after the All-Star break which will come in two months.
And let's not forget the Los Angeles Lakers star, Kobe Bryant who has a fracture in his left knee which has put him back on the sidelines for a while after coming back from a torn Achilles tendon from last season.
There are many more injuries to many NBA players. Some are major and some may be minor. But no matter how serious or minor the injuries are, players are having to sit multiple games because of them.
So, will the injuries subside or will they continue to consume the NBA players?