Been thinking of this one for a while. Maybe it's just me but I feel like every NBA star seemingly has one or more years in their careers where they have an extended break either due to injuries or tanking, allowing them to come back refreshed the year after. Dame last played a game on December 31, 2021. Admittedly the previous two plus seasons and the bubble and the Olympics had taken a massive toll on his body. But if all goes to plan now, he will have had nearly an 11 month break from competitive ball. And he should be playing pain free in his abdomen for the first time in years. If history is any precedence, he should be back with a vengeance. Some recent history. Paul George: -broke his leg, played 8 games in the end of 14-15. - career high ppg in both 15-16 and 16-17 seasons. Steph Curry: - broke his wrist, played 5 games in 19-20. - career high in ppg in 20-21 at age 32. Kevin Durant: - played only 27 games in 14-15 because of a broken foot. - averaged 28/8/5 in 15-16 while playing 72 games. also KD: - did not play the whole year in 19-20 due to a ruptured Achilles. - averaged 27/7/6 in 20-21 after returning midway through the season and having a virtuoso playoff showing. Lebron James: - missed 27 games due to various injuries and decided to shut it down in 18-19, - won a title in 19-20 and finals MVP. Kawhi Leonard: - played only 9 games in 17-18 due to knee injuries. - won a title in 18-19 and finals MVP while averaging career highs in multiple categories. This kinda stuff is littered throughout history if you look back. MJ missed almost all of year 2 in his career. Came back and dominated in year 3. David Robinson hurt his back and played only 6 games in 96-97. Came back and averaged 20/10 next year next to Tim Duncan. Needless to say, I think this sabbatical for Dame will renew his resolve to dominate and we should put aside any worries of a downward turn in his career.