Redemption song

This year, 10 key players are looking for inspiring comebacks. Who are they?

Updated: October 1, 2004, 5:02 PM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Life is short. And the career of an NBA superstar can be even shorter.

One minute you're dunking in a Gatorade commercial. The next you're on a trainer's table wondering when the freefall will stop.

For Grant Hill, a bum ankle has kept him in limbo for years. For Alonzo Mourning, his sudden career detour took the form of a dangerous kidney ailment that required a transplant last season. And for Caron Butler, one injury-filled year seemingly poisoned a promising career.

This year, 10 players are looking for an inspiring comeback. The rehab is finished. The scenery has changed. The new head coach turns out to be a friend instead of foe.

Redemption could be just a few weeks away. . . .

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer