NBA stars Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryant look to return from injuries

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (right) speaks with teammate Darius Johnson-Odom during their...

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (right) speaks with teammate Darius Johnson-Odom during their NBA Global Games match against Golden State Warriors in Beijing, October 15, 2013. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:55 PM ET

Already doing boffo business worldwide, the star-driven NBA is set to gain even more in popularity this season thanks to the return of a number of its top performers.

It's unprecedented, really, for a league to have this many transcendent and all-star-level talents back after absences that have stretched from months to years in some cases.

It all starts with former league MVP Derrick Rose, the league's best combination of speed, athleticism and productivity this side of LeBron James. Rose tore his ACL in the first game of the playoffs back in April of 2012. Despite facing considerable criticism, Rose took the entire 2012-13 campaign off to get back in top form. So far, the decision seems to have been a prescient one. Rose has been an absolute monster this pre-season. He got his feet wet with a couple of pedestrian 13-point efforts, before scoring 104 points in his next 116 minutes, a Wilt Chamberlain-esque pace.


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