Maya Moore returns from Brazil, gold medal in hand, and directly into the teeth of the WNBA. There are eight games remaining in the league's schedule, about a quarter of the regular season, and after a record 13-0 start, Moore's Minnesota Lynx currently sit at 21-4, a half-game back of the equally impressive Los Angeles Sparks. Their spot in the playoffs secure, the Lynx will be looking to successfully defend their title for the first time in team history.

Moore wasn't the only Minnesota starter in Rio—Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles all won gold there, as well. But come Friday, the medals will go in their cases and the Lynx will get back to work.

For these players, jumping straight from one gig to another is nothing new. To crib from Beyoncé, they love the grind. They don't really have a choice. When it comes to making a living in professional basketball, the women grind from Monday to Friday, then work from Friday to Sunday.