Carter prepared to make statement

Vince Carter and Alonzo Mourning are among the 13 players looking for an inspiring comeback.

Updated: October 2, 2003, 2:16 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 free fall will stop.

For Vince Carter, a jumper's knee kept Air Canada grounded most of the year. For Alonzo Mourning, his sudden career detour took the form of a dangerous kidney ailment. And for Andre Miller, one year with the Clippers seemingly poisoned a promising career.

This year, 13 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