WASHINGTON, June 20, 2014 — The 2014 NBA Championship final game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat was a display of excellent basketball. The Spurs passed the ball looking for the open man so fast it was if they were handling coals on fire. The humbleness and graciousness of their players was refreshing and energizing. The biggest lesson from the Spurs was that the game is less about individual talent than about functioning as a team.
Unlike many in this generation of basketball that are over paid and under talented, the Spurs displayed what one announcer called, “exquisite” basketball.
Teams start with talent on the floor, on the bench and in their administration, particularly from good coaches. The Red Auerbach-coached Boston Celtics of the 60’s were collectively and consistently the best to play the game, particularly without the padded shoes, training facilities and other advantages of today’s athletes. Phil Jackson’s triangle offense also requires super star players, three being dominate, to know their role and not carry the entire load. But Greg Popovich was onto something a bit different from the others as he took it to a new level using his entire squad with what many had seen as very pedestrian players. “Pop” was the sixth man as chess master maneuvering his pieces (players) where they needed to be.
Tim Duncan has had a championship for every decade he’s played, Popovich paced and coached the sidelines like few others and the accuracy in shooting set a record.
But on the 2014 championship court was a sense of change in basketball which, as with baseball, is sending a message to black kids who will find black athletes losing lift behind a more international team which may look just as black as many. Nowhere was that reflected more than on the San Antonio Spurs outfitted with players — Aron Baynes (Australia), Marco Belinelli (Italy), Boris Diaw (France), Tim Duncan (Virgin Islands), Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Patty Mills (Australia, Aboriginal Origins), Tony Parker (France), and Tiago Splitter (Brazil).
It felt like the Spurs time and maybe this is a forbearing of a more global world in which we had better prepare our kids and our nation for an increasing level of competition as others want the high paying opportunities usually reserved for us.
Our jobs aren’t always going overseas, sometimes folks are coming here and taking them.
DR. ADA M. FISHER IS A PHYSICIAN MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF A FORTUNE 500 CORPORATION, AUTHOR, GIFTED PUBLIC SPEAKER, LICENSED TEACHER FOR SECONDARY EDUCATION IN MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE, PREVIOUSLY ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, AUTHOR AND IS THE NC REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEEWOMAN. CONTACT HER AT P. O. BOX 777; SALISBURY, NC 28145; [email protected] PENDING BOOK COMMON SENSE CONSERVATIVE PRESCRIPTIONS SOLUTIONS GOOD FOR WHAT AILS US, BOOK I FROM AMAZONE.COM PUBLISHERS.