NBA Looks Fun, But It's Really Hard Work

AP Photo

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry looks tired. His shoulders slump a bit, and he leans back in toward his locker, and his voice barely rises above a whisper. He looks like a boxer who has gone 10 rounds. Only this is before the basketball game. And he is not tired. He is conserving. This is how you make it through a long and draining NBA season. You recharge when there are a few spare moments. You save what you can save, when you can save it.



There is a reality gap in the NBA, a gap perhaps larger than in any other sport. Basketball is a fun game to play. Little kids play it on the playground when they heave the ball to the basket with all their might. Middle school kids play it in their driveways, bouncing basketballs over pebbles and ice,...

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

What a Trip: Warriors Whip Hawks

Marcus Thompson , Contra Costa Times - December 16, 2012

ATLANTA -- Golden State made history Saturday night with a 115-93 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The Warriors finished their road trip 6-1, marking the first time in franchise history they have won six games on a trip. Anyone... more »

Surprising Warriors Making Waves

Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle - December 12, 2012

LeBron James told reporters Tuesday that the defending champion Miami Heat are a day away from hosting a "really good team" in what will be a "big game for us." Get this: The reigning MVP wasn't talking about New York, Oklahoma... more »

Bay Area Bywords Define Warriors

Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle - December 13, 2012

Hate to be Debbie Downer in regard to the Warriors' 5-0 road trip, but if you read the fine print in the Mayan calendar, you'll see they called this shot: "Warriors beat Heat, world explodes." Too bad, it would have been... more »

Magic: 'I Die With Every Game Lakers Lose'

Joe McDonnell, Fox Sports West - December 11, 2012

LOS ANGELES — It's been said that you expect more from the ones that you love — and there's no doubt that Magic Johnson loves the Los Angeles Lakers.    He played for them, coached them and was a team vice president and... more »