There is a version that we file right as the game ends. It does not include quotes and we do a lot of the writing on it in-between periods.
The second version, after we go to the locker room area for postgame interviews, usually takes about two hours. It's often a total rewrite of the first version. Sometimes it takes longer on the road if we have to go back to the hotel to write and can't stay in the arena.
Sometimes a lot longer, like in Montreal, where I had the worst post-game Uber driver ever. (I'll spare you the play-by-play on that one - I'm trying to forget! But it turned what should have been a 25-minute drive into a 1 1/2-hour misadventure.)
Or postgame in Minnesota on Sunday, when the Uber ride was fine, but we couldn't get my hotel room door to open, and they had to call in an "off-campus" maintenance guy to figure out something.) That pushed things back by about an hour.
Examples such as these are why my stock answer when people say: "What a neat job you have" is "It's not as glamorous as it may seem."
But as my late father used to say: It does beat digging ditches.