Rookie Watch: The going gets tougher

Originally Published: January 21, 2009
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.

The Wall. It's a term often associated with rookies' fatigue as they deal with a season more than twice as long as they have ever dealt with before.

Now that the NBA season is at its halfway point, rookies have already played at least 10 more games than they did in college last season (or about the same amount of games as a full season in Europe). And there are still about 40 games left -- the equivalent of yet another season and a third in college.

So how does The Wall affect ...

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