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.