New practice rules benefit players in various ways

The big winners of the new NCAA rule allowing full-team offseason workouts are the players.

Updated: September 30, 2005, 3:35 PM ET
By Doug Gottlieb | Special to
Every mid-November of my basketball life, I would be sitting in a locker room, tying my sneakers, dreading the next couple of hours.

Although everyone loves to play, I, like so many of my teammates, hated the monotony of everyday practice without a game in sight.

After three weeks of workouts, everything becomes a grind. No play is easy to run, since the defense knows everything you are trying to do. I got through each practice by trying not to look at the clock for the first hour and a half.