For former Cat Chuck Hayes, protecting the paint is all about pride and preparation

Chuck Hayes
Chuck Hayes - photo by Karen Warren | Chronicle

The mission, as with Chuck Hayes’ occupation in the itself, would seem to be impossible; stop the NBA’s unstoppable scorers.  In Hayes’ case, he adds the task of doing it while giving up as many as six inches and rarely jumping more than a fist’s width from the hardwood, but those details don’t really matter.  The job is to stop the players that cannot be stopped, with Hayes hit with a list of All-Star and MVP candidates stacked like the lineup of ’27 Yankees.

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