BEIJING -- With the first game of their weeklong visit to China still 24 hours away, the UCLA basketball team spent Friday going through a different sort of practice.
Tourists packed the lane at the Great Wall, clustering around the players as they hiked a steep section of the world-famous landmark.
Things got physical at a downtown restaurant known for its Peking duck. A large group from an adjacent table grabbed center Joshua Smith and pulled him to the front of the dining room, where he posed for one photograph after another.
Then came the slowdown -- an afternoon spent walking the palatial grounds of the Forbidden City, once home to China's long line of emperors.