Nearly a decade has passed, but for Grant Long, the feeling hasn't.
Sunday, daylight saving time begins, and clocks will be moved forward one hour.
Long, a former NBA player and current Oklahoma City Thunder television analyst, said the time change didn't pose a problem for him — except on April 6, 2003.
Long was with the Boston Celtics in his last of 15 seasons.
He played slightly more than 1,000 NBA games. He was usually at an arena at least two hours before game time.
He said he was never late. Except for April 6, 2003.
Long thinks back to that Sunday in 2003.
Maybe he was just running late and the time change added to the unfortunate scenario.
He not only missed the 1 p.m. tipoff against Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards, the game was in the second quarter when he walked into the FleetCenter in Boston.
That's where the feeling that has lasted 10 years comes into play.
“I'm driving up to the arena thinking, ‘Why are all these people here so early?'” Long said. “After 15 seasons of playing, that was the only time that the spring forward ever got me. I still don't know what happened to this day.
“I'm thinking the coach is going to be yelling at me.”
Overall, even with all the travel, even with traveling from time zone to time zone, Long said that wasn't a problem for him.
“I made that mistake of getting up at 6 a.m. West Coast time early in my career, because my body told me it was 9 a.m. on the East Coast,” said Long, 46.
“Even though your body is telling you you are not tired, it's not a good idea to get up. By the time the game rolled round, I was dead tired. I'm in the locker room, and the coach is going over the game plan while my eyelids are getting heavy, I'm nodding off, because my internal clock said it's time to go to bed.
“If you get up early on the West Coast, you have to make yourself lie back down. I found I could do that. Or I could grab a nap a few hours before the game. And that got my body's timing back to where it should be.”
Long said his sleep habits stayed the same after he retired from playing and became an analyst.
“I still nap in the afternoon, but now instead of getting ready to practice or play a game I get ready to analyze one of the two,” he said.
In the first seven days of March, the Thunder played four games, each in a different time zone. That's part of the game, Long said.
“At the end of the day, as a player you recognize that everybody goes through the same schedule at some point,” he said.
“When you realize that, you say to yourself, ‘That's not an excuse. We're here to play, there's a court, there's two rims. We've got a job to do.' And you go out and do it. You don't use the excuse of we're in a different time zone. You've got to get past that.”
And get past that experience on the day the time changed in April 2003.
On Sunday, Long will be working with the Thunder Radio Network broadcast since ABC is carrying the game on television.
Guess who the Thunder plays at home Sunday? Boston.