I am really enjoying the Golden State Warriors vs. OKC series. Although I am an LA Lakers fan (Nobody message me with jokes), my team has been sent home to go fishing a long time ago. So, since I’m a major fan of the sport and I’ll watch basketball no matter the teams that are playing, I’ve watched every game I could. Out of the teams who are still playing, I don’t care who wins between Golden State and OKC. I like both teams. I like several individual players from both teams. I feel like I have somewhat of a connection to the coaching staffs of both teams. Steve Kerr played for the Chicago Bulls and I’m from Chicago. I want Kerr to do well. One of OKC’s assistant coaches was the head men’s basketball coach for the University of Alabama. I currently live in Tuscaloosa, Al, where UA is located. I want Coach Anthony Grant to do well. So, there are multiple reasons why I would enjoy it if either team won.
Last night, OKC won to bring the series to 3-1. Anyone who has watched Golden State play this year is in total shock. Until last night, they hadn’t lost two games in a row all season. Their coach won “coach of the year.” Steph Curry unanimously won the NBA’s MVP award. He broke the record for the most three pointers made in a single season. The amazing thing is that the record he broke was his own. Golden State is a phenomenal team. This year, they broke the record for the most regular-season wins for a single season in NBA history. Yet, they find themselves on the verge of elimination. As I listened to the commentators at the end of the game, one of them said, “It all boils down to one question. Who wants it more? Right now, Russell Westbrook wants a title. The Warriors are the defending champs. They’ve already won a championship. I’m sure they desire to win the back to back title. They’re just not playing like they want it as much as Westbrook and Durant do.”
I woke up this morning with that question resounding in my mind.
Who wants it more?
There are several things in life that many of us desire to accomplish. The reality though is that we are not the only ones who desire to accomplish those things. Somebody else is pursuing your same career in the city in which you live. Somebody else is working hard to reach the same goal you are striving to reach. If you have good taste, there is even someone else out there who would love to have the spouse/mate you have. I can hear people saying, “I don’t want anybody else’s man/woman. I want my own.” Pursuing somebody who is already taken is not what I’m talking about (although it happens often). What I mean is that if you are in a happy relationship, you’re not the only person who desires the kind of love you have. If you don’t believe me, break it off with that person and see if she stays single forever. No! I didn’t think so.
I’ve decided to ask a few questions to help you determine whether you want it bad enough
What Are You Doing That is Above Everybody Else’s Effort Level?
Are you studying more? Are you networking and/or pursuing internships while everybody else is sleeping or planning hangouts with friends? Are you willing to do what I call the “dirty work?” I’m not advocating that you be dirty. What I mean is that there are jobs that are not glamorous, but must be done in order to reach certain goals. Rebounding and playing good defense is dirty work. They are often overshadowed by spectacular offense. Yet and still, it is highly unlikely that you will win a championship in any sport with horrible defense.
Are You Striving for Excellence in Every Area?
In his last game, Westbrook played 41 minutes. This means he only rested for 8 minutes. His stats were 12-27 FG, 4-8 3PT, 11 Reb, 11 Asst, and 36 points. In a nutshell, he did it all. The way you get double numbers in rebounds, assists, and points is to do it all. Be everywhere. Westbrook tied Magic Johnson’s ’81-’82 season of 18 triple doubles in a single season. What makes this even more special is that he is only 6’3. Now that’s tall compared to the average person. It is miniature compared to the average NBA player. There is no way he is supposed to get as many rebounds as he does. That is unless he wants them more than the other guys who appear to want them. Westbrooks wants to be excellent in every area.
What Are You Taking for Granted?
It’s usually the person who has it who doesn’t honor it like the one who wants it. Last night, The Golden State Warriors, the defending champions, were too careless/ loose with the ball. If you don’t remember anything else from this article, remember this. There is a difference between having something stolen and giving it away. If you’re careless enough to give it away, your competition will be opportunistic enough to take it.
Romel Gibson is a youth and college pastor, mentor, community leader, motivational speaker, musician, and songwriter living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He serves as a full- time Campus Life Director with Youth for Christ, one of the largest non-profit youth evangelism ministries in the world. As a songwriter, his most notable works include L. Spenser Smith and Testament (Greater, Surgery), Tonya Baker (Miracles), The Anointed Pace Sisters (Praise and Worship), Myron Butler (Changed), Marvin Sapp (Never), Ruben Studdard (Holding On To You Lord), and Johnny Gill (Black Box).Romel has been married for 11 years to his college best friend Quanedra. Together they have been blessed with three beautiful daughters; Allayna Pilar, Moriah Kelis, and Rylee Addison.