Several years ago, I saw legendary Georgetown Coach John Thompson interview New Orlean's Hornets point guard Chris Paul on TNT. It was such a great interview; I posted it on my web links. It is no longer available, but here is the essence of what Chris Paul had to say about talent. He said when he played pick-up ball on a community court there were often players more talented than him. Unfortunately, those players didn’t do what it took to get to the next level. They didn’t do the work –yes, often tedious tasks- in high school and college to make it. My students sum it up best: “Ms. - this is boring!”
In today’s clip of behind the scenes with the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics in their much anticipated NBA season opener tonight, players make the same claim. The same claim made by Josh Hamilton in his interview yesterday. What we don’t see is the hours of grueling effort (often boring drills, drills, and more drills) that it takes – one could argue for any job you love – to be the best.
What does your script look like? What’s the connection with Red Ribbon Week?