Tonight the Golden State Warriors win their first NBA Championship in 40 years.
And I was alive when they won their last one with Rick Barry. And I watched a lot of bad years. I can’t complain because I got to see some of the best players on the other side of the ball – Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan.
Cheering for Oakland teams was often an uphill fight. The teams across the Bay often were the center of attention – the 49ers great years with Joe Montana, Steven Young, and Jerry Rice. The Giants World Series Championships.
So it is nice to see the Golden State Warriors win.
And what makes it even cooler is they are genuine, selfless, hard workers, committed, and true team players. The definition of class – both on and off the court.
Over the years I’ve seen pro sports players turn into high paid spoiled brats. In your face celebrations. Criminals who think they’re above the law. Athletes who don’t recognize the unique opportunity they have to leave a positive impression on all who watch and adore their abilities.
I’ve also seen pro sports franchises so focused on churning the dollars that they often dump on their fan base. Whether it is the high priced tickets that make it so that blue collar families can’t afford to attend the games or trying to avoid spending the big bucks and putting up with having teams that can’t win the big prize that their fans so crave.
So hearing the story of this team. Its players. Its coaches. Its back office management.
All committed to a collective vision and putting their personal interests behind their collective goals.
And in the end they also end up achieving their ultimate personal goals through their self sacrifice.
Did God grant the Warriors this victory? I wouldn’t go that far but isn’t it nice to see a down to earth team that is focused on doing what is necessary to reach their goal.
I think this is what I love about business ventures and projects too. When a group of people come together under the vision, most anything is possible.
And when that vision is attained. It is so much sweeter to celebrate with people you love to be around and are committed to.
So as I go to bed tonight with a smile on my face thinking about the Warriors’ victory, I only hope I can bring that same type of contribution to my work and relationships.
And may you do the same.