It’s one of the most gripping rites of spring. The switch to daylight saving time? Nope. The onset of seasonal allergies? Nah.

We’re talking March Madness, the NCAA’s college basketball tournament. It’s a glorious couple of weeks during which almost everyone – except maybe your great aunt – becomes an expert on college basketball. Across the country, millions of people will participate in March Madness office pools, filling out brackets and laying down cash. And according to outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., employees’ monitoring of their bracket’s progress will contribute to an estimated $2.3 billion in lost productivity during the tournament.

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BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 3: Isaiah Thomas looks on from the bench during the second half against the Boston Celtics (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas has sat out a significant chunk of the 2017-2018 season already. The reason? Something called a right femoral-acetebular impingement with labrum tear. For the most part, it's been simply referred to as a "hip issue" by most of the sports media.

A few other NBA players have had similar hip issues in the past. However, there exists a wide scope of recovery stories among those players. With Thomas set to make his first start of the season on Friday, I've decided to take a quick look at some of the other players who have suffered labrum tears, and what their recovery processes have looked like.

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MILWAUKEE, WI - DECEMBER 19: LeBron James drives to the basket against Tony Snell of the Milwaukee Bucks (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

After the 2014 season, LeBron James left the Miami Heat to return home and play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The first three years had their ups and downs, including an NBA championship after the 2016 season. However, speculation has been building for months that James has his eye on other teams. Some believe he may be looking to leave the Cavs. LeBron has an option to opt-out of his contract after this current season; there’s a real possibility he goes elsewhere.

This rumor started to really heat up in June, when The Ringer posted an article that King James was going to leave Cleveland for Los Angeles. Reputable NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski took it even further; he stated that “many expect the move” to Los Angeles.

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CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 16: LeBron James drives down court during the first half against the Utah Jazz (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

In tonight's game against the Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Lebron James put up 20 points, 12 assists and 15 rebounds; good for a triple-double in his third consecutive game. Whenever a player like James does something spectacular, many people begin to think in terms of all-time records. So some are probably wondering, what is the longest streak of triple-doubles in the NBA?

For those who don't know, a triple-double is a single-game performance in which a player records a double-digit figure in at least three of the following five statistics: points, assists, rebounds, steals and blocked shots. The most common triple-double is comprised of points, assists and rebounds.

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CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 13: Michael Jordan reacts on the bench during their game against the Dallas Mavericks (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan was one of the greatest players ever to play a professional basketball game. Many would argue that he stands alone atop all players in NBA History. He didn't always play a clean game; His Airness had a reputation for getting physical every now and then. But was Michael Jordan ever ejected from a game?

When talking about ejections in the NBA, it's important to note that there is an odd distinction between an ejection and a disqualification. A player is disqualified when he accrues a number of fouls, technical fouls or flagrant fouls. Yes, the officials technically "eject a player from a game after a disqualification. However, the "ejection" statistic only tallies times when officials throw a player out of the game for one specific incident; obviously a disqualification requires a number of smaller incidents.

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DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 20: LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks to pass the ball (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

During Wednesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers had a fantastic overall performance. But near the end of the first quarter, the four-time MVP felt a rare moment of embarrassment: a major slam dunk fail with nobody guarding him.

The Cavs point guard picked off a pass intended for Nets center Jarrett Allen. Already in motion towards the opposite end of the court, LeBron James blazed towards the hoop with Allen and former Cavalier Joe Harris in lazy pursuit. The King leaped in the air and began the motion for a windmill dunk. However, he seemingly either did not get enough air, or didn't finish the move quick enough; the ball bricked off the back of the rim and flew sky-high into the air. Harris regained possession.

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BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 08: Kyrie Irving reacts during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers (Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving got caught on the wrong end of some friendly fire on Friday night. During the Celtics' victory over the Hornets, the point guard took an elbow to the face from teammate Aron Baynes. He immediately fell to the ground, and was seen bleeding from the nose on his way to the locker room.

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