"42" may be the answer to the great question of life, the universe and everything.
It is NOT the answer to "How many minutes are there in an NBA game?"
Someone may want to share that with Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies. In a recent post-game interview, Z-Bo praised his teammates' effort by saying, "We just finished the whole game. We played the whole 42 minutes."
For the record, playing "the whole 42 minutes" would mean quitting with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter... which is something some of Randolph's teams have been accused of in the past.
NBA games are 48 minutes long -- comprised of four 12-minute quarters. NCAA games are 40 minutes, played in 20-minute halves. International games - played under FIBA rules - are also 40 minutes, but are played in 10-minute quarters. The WNBA also plays four 10-minute quarters.
I don't even think they play 42-minute games in NBA Live.
The funny thing is, Randolph has the reputation of someone who is phenomenally concerned with numbers.