Well the NBA Finals wrapped up with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavilers winning it all. It also kicked off one of the craziest NBA free agent frenzies since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach. The top prize in the NBA free agent season went to the already loaded Golden State Warriors, who signed one of the best players in the game, Mr. Easy Money Sniper Kevin Durant.
Another NBA team that did well in free agency was the San Antonio Spurs with the signing of Pau Gasol, Manu Ginobili and Dewayne Dedmon. Those three additions give them an overall grade of A in the free agent sweepstakes. The Spurs seem to always receive an A in almost every category one can think of, that’s just who they are… an “A+” organization. The Spurs had an amazing 2015-2016 NBA season, only to be overshadowed by losing in the playoffs to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State’s NBA record breaking season. The reality when it comes to the Spurs is as long as Gregg Popovich is the Head Coach they will always be competitive. There is so much we all can learn from the San Antonio Spurs and as of today so much we can retired NBA Hall Of Famer Tim Duncan. Yes, Tim Duncan has decided to take a stroll down the riverwalk of retirement after an amazing 19 year NBA career.
Not only did the Spurs have a great team but they were smarter, more disciplined and better coached than any other team in the NBA. The Spurs have been led for years by the veteran of all veterans, Tim Duncan. Duncan will go down as one of the greatest NBA Superstars ever. Duncan now has the most playoff games and double-doubles of any player in NBA history. Duncan is a SuperStar who shined bright like a diamond while staying outside of the spotlight.
In a day an age where athletes have done it wrong, taken shortcuts to a championship and can’t even begin to spell the word loyalty, Tim Duncan did everything the right way, all while being loyal to his city, his team, his coach and the things that make you a true champion. We can talk all day about Duncan’s life and example… not only can we talk about it, there is a lot to learn about life and leadership from him and his career. I thought I would honor Tim Duncan’s Spectacular 19 year career with these 10 Great Life and Leadership Lessons.
10 Leadership Lessons From The Life and Career Of Tim Duncan.
- Substance Over Style–“The Big Fundamental” Looking good is great, performing great is better. Duncan doesn’t win the style contest, but he is a straight up winner.
- Greatness Is Appreciated More When It’s Gone– Tim Duncan’s Game, Career and Place in history won’t be appreciated until he’s retired and gone.
- Great Leaders Know When To Defer– Duncan has admittedly turned the team over to Tony Parker, which has extended his career and allowed him to continue his greatness. It looks like he may be turning it over to Mr. About His Business Kawhi Leonard real soon.
- You Can’t Care What People Think– Duncan doesn’t get the commercials, the shoes, the endorsements… He just gets the trophies. Duncan could care less what people think about his personality or lack there of, all he does is win.
- Classy over Sassy– Tim Duncan is one of the classiest players in the NBA. It’s hard not to like classy… when in doubt, keep it classy.
- Quietly Be The Best At What You Do– Tim Duncan will quietly go down as one of the best power forwards to ever play the game. Period, the end.
- Nice Guys Don’t Finish Last– Nice guys finish wherever they want to finish, Duncan is nice and he doesn’t finish last.
- Get Better With Age– Just like a fine wine, they say some things get better with age, great leaders get better, lead better, play better and make better decisions with age. Duncan seems to get better the older that he gets.
- Know How To Lead Up– Duncan plays for a tough coach and he’s one of the few players that knows how to lead up, talk to Popovich, how to handle him in the media and how to lead up. There is an art to leading up and Duncan figured it out.
- Make Those Around You Better– Duncan makes his teammates, his coach, his city, his community and the NBA better.
Scott Williams is a speaker, strategist, consultant and developer of leaders. He is an avid blogger at BigIsTheNewSmall.com, and leverages Social Media to make a Kingdom impact. Scott is passionate about leadership development, organizational growth and diversity. He is the author of “Church Diversity – Sunday The Most Segregated Day of the Week.” Scott is married, a father of two, and lives in Oklahoma City, OK.
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