Are back-to-back games beating up teams?

Updated: June 21, 2000, 5:37 PM ET
By Michelle Smith | Special to ESPN.com

The old sports saying, "It's not a sprint, it's a marathon" doesn't apply in the WNBA. With 32 games in 10 weeks, no tortoises need apply.

But in truth, it's no more a 100-yard dash than it was a year ago.

Because of the Olympic Games, the season is ending sooner, but it's also started sooner. What has changed is the pace, the mandate to be more places in the same amount of time.

Four new teams mean four more road trips, while the mandate to maintain interest and attendance and ...

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