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How To: Plan A Life After Basketball The Raptors' MICHAEL CURRY does it by working around the clock now

Raptors forward Michael Curry owns a Palm Pilot, but like so many
gizmos purchased with grand intentions, it sits unused in a
drawer. Instead, he uses three-by-five index cards to organize
his life. Every day he makes a list of what he wants to
accomplish and carries that card with him until he goes to bed,
at which time he reviews his productivity. "I know it's old
school," says Curry, "but it works for me."

Whereas many NBA players' to-do lists on a day off consist of
three items--nap, play video games and watch Scarface--Curry, a
defensive stalwart who was traded from Detroit for Lindsey Hunter
in the off-season, usually has a more ambitious agenda. In May
2002 he completed the 18-month master's program in sports
leadership at Virginia Commonwealth. He took a week of
eight-hour-a-day classes at VCU over the summer; during the
season he completed his course work over the Internet, toiling
alongside his three kids at home, or in hotels and planes on the
road. "I'd order room service, download my assignments and get to
it," says Curry, 35. "A lot of times I'd look up and it would be
2 a.m."

Since July '01 he has served as president of the players'
association, meeting with NBA officials and briefing his peers
about the collective bargaining agreement. "I'd like to be a G.M.
or a president of basketball operations when I retire," says
Curry. One day, he'll file that goal away too. --Chris Ballard