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All athletes are susceptible to freak injuries, but the most gruesome mishaps usually occur in combative sports like football (both kinds) or boxing/MMA. However, don't let anyone ever tell you that basketball isn't a contact sport. We learned that the cringe-inducing way last weekend when we saw Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut painfully dislocate his elbow after a dunk against Phoenix. (Amare Stoudemire later tweeted this; Bogut responded. See, Stern? Twitter ain't always bad.) So, with the images of Bogut's lifeless, dangling arm fresh in our minds, we rounded up the 10 most gruesome basketball injuries...

10. DWAYNE WADE, MIAMI HEAT
DATE: 1/21/2007
INJURY: Dislocated shoulder. Wade opted to put off season-ending surgery and returned 23 games later.
COMPLEX SAYS: Though it may not look that bad, the expression on D-Wade's face + leaving in a wheelchair for a shoulder injury = something serious.

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9. JAMAL CRAWFORD, CHICAGO BULLS
DATE: 11/13/2003
INJURY: Sprained neck. Crawford returned two games later.
COMPLEX SAYS: Damn, former teammates get no love. Protect ya neck, son!

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8. ALLAN RAY, VILLANOVA WILDCATS
DATE: 3/10/2006
INJURY: Eyeball temporarily popping out of the socket and temporary loss of vision. He returned to play within a week.
COMPLEX SAYS: We've seen eyes like this before, but usually it's at Magic City.

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7. TONY ALLEN, BOSTON CELTICS
DATE: 1/10/2007
INJURY: Torn ACL and MCL. Allen returned to the Celtics nine months later.
COMPLEX SAYS: That's what you get for practicing for the dunk contest after the blown whistle, dumbass.

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6. DA'SEAN BUTLER, WEST VIRGINIA
DATE: 4/3/2010
INJURY: Torn ACL and sprained MCL.
COMPLEX SAYS: At least he had Huggy Bear to kiss away the pain.

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5. FABIA BLOOMINBLATE, URUGUAYAN BASKETBALL REFEREE
DATE: November 2000
INJURY: Broken jaw and temporary loss of vision, which was later restored by emergency surgery.
COMPLEX SAYS: Fuck basketball—with a right hook like that, dude prolly coulda tooken out Roy or B-Hop last weekend.

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4. DERRICK ROLAND, TEXAS A&M AGGIES
DATE: 12/22/2009
INJURY: Broken tibia and fibula. The senior has yet to return from the injury.
COMPLEX SAYS: Yikes! Your leg is never suppose to resemble letters in the alphabet.

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3. RUDY TOMJANOVICH, HOUSTON ROCKETS
DATE: 12/9/1977
INJURY: Fractures of the face and skull as well as a broken nose and spinal fluid leakage. As a result, he missed five months of play.
COMPLEX SAYS: Talk about getting left "leakin'."

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2. TOM ZELSKI, SLAMBALL PLAYER
DATE: 2003
INJURY: Open dislocation of the ankle.
COMPLEX SAYS: Afterward, Zelski said, "I find a way always to get injured. Always." No shit—playing basketball on trampolines will do that to ya.

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1. SHAUN LIVINGSTON, L.A. CLIPPERS
DATE: 2/26/2007
INJURY: Torn ACL, PCL, and lateral meniscus. Sprained MCL and dislocated knee as well. Doctors gave Livingston the OK to play basketball a year and a half afterward.
COMPLEX SAYS: Skip the medical acronyms. We'll just say it looks like the stanky leg gone EXTREMELY WRONG.

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