"I'm not the man that I once was. But I'm all the man, once, that I ever was."
When I was a kid, my dad and his friends used to laugh over that statement when talking about each other. They would say that they could no longer do what they used to be able to do on a regular basis … but that on any given good day they might be able to turn back the clock. That expression comes to me every year at about this time, and it dominated my thoughts on Sunday night, as like clockwork, the 30-something crowd starts struggling with the day-to-day marathon that is the NBA season.
On Sunday I took my son to the Celtics-Pistons game. He's four years old, so his good time was guaranteed when I bought him an Icee at halftime. But for me, the fun in watching a game live is getting to see all of the action that happens on the court that is usually off-camera. So I was paying attention to the young, fresh legged Pistons throwing alley-oop after alley-oop … then jogging off the court You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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