Do you remember the movie Hoosiers? A story about a team of under dogs from the smallest school in Indiana that went on to win the State Championship by beating teams from much bigger schools. Stories like that have resonance because people can relate to the story of overcoming insurmountable odds to accomplish something great. I believe a victory is much sweeter, not only because you worked hard to get it, but sometimes because nobody but you ever thought you could win in the first place.
Who deserves to win more, the David or the Goliath? LeBron James saw himself as David when he was with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He got the team to the NBA Finals once, but the ultimate goal of a championship eluded him. But instead of staying the course, he made a course correction. By going to the Miami Heat James stacked the deck in his favor, and in an instant he went from being the David to the Goliath, and from being the hero to the villian.
Winning championships are how professional athletes are defined. Teams like the one in “Hoosiers” are the ones where the only way they can win is if the stars are aligned miraculously in their favor. But the Miami Heat have tried to align their own stars, to determine their own destiny. But sometimes fate has a way of doing its own course correction, and reminding us that we mere mortals have no real control over our own destiny, that only fate can decide the outcome.
It’s so ironic sometimes that the more control we try to have over our lives, the more out of control life becomes. I’m a believer in Karma. Some people only believe in the things they can touch, but I believe that there are forces in this universe that we can’t touch, but you still know in your heart they exist. There is a price to be paid for tempting fate, for trying to force something to fit where it’s not supposed to.
The reality is that sometimes Dream Teams aren’t always the best teams, and the NBA has tried hard over the years to give us dynasties. You know, the team that everybody points to as the team that going to win the championship. But often times people want the things that they least expect. When the competition becomes less about who has the strongest body, and more about who has the strongest heart. One of the great things about life is that you don’t really know what the future holds until it unfolds before you.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat are on the brink of elimination from the playoffs. But it’s always seemed to me that this was a team that seems to want to be celebrities more so than just basketball players, that seems to want to be a dynasty before a championship is won. The Heat can still advance to the NBA Finals, but they will need to dig deeper than they ever imagined. But for the Heat right now it seems like its pink pants over blue jeans. Too much style and not enough substance.
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