Basketball Season and Teamwork ?>

Basketball Season and Teamwork

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The Letran Knights are the 2015-16 NCAA men’s basketball champions. Photo Source: www.inquirer.net

The NCAA’s 2016 season just ended with Letran capturing its 17th collegiate crown after beating San Beda in the Finals last week.

On the other hand, the UAAP is winding up on its second-round action in the eliminations.

The PBA, meantime, is just on its second week with Rain or Shine, Alaska and NLEX the only unbeaten teams in the season-opening Philippine Cup.

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Star rookie forward Norbert Torres (partly covered) and Marc Pingris try to stop Rain or Shine’s Jeric Teng from scoring inside

With Filipino fans treated to exciting basketball matches, we know that good basketball teams move up to the level of greatness when players learn to play together. 

It is in this thought that I’m reminded of how important it is to go through life with a a team, a group of people, whom you could rely on when things don’t go well. People whom you could approach for advice or counsel, encouragement and support.

Years back, I came across a story in John Maxwell’s The Law of Mount Everest in his popular book The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork.

Maxwell talked about an Englishman by the name of Maurice Wilson, who attempted to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain peak.

As I “Googled” Wilson’s background, I found out that he was a former British soldier, mystic, aviator and mountaineer, who met a fatal death in his unsuccessful attempt to climb Mount Everest alone in 1934.

At a time when technology was not as advanced as it is today, Wilson made a daring  and dangerous attempt to climb Mount Everest without really preparing himself. He thoughts he could pull off the trick on his own just as his three hired porters refused to climb any farther with him.

Maxwell recounted that Wilson “decided to make the climb on his own. That decision killed him.”

Hebrews 10:24-25 says 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching..”

I could just imagine how difficult it was for Wilson to climb Mount Everest as he faced the frigid atmosphere and strong wind without having someone to encourage and help him in his ascent.

Truth is, we all need someone to help us, to encourage us in life and who dare tell us in our face that what we’re doing is wrong, or right.

Basketball teams have stars, role players and emerging stars. And they all have one common goal. But for that goal to be achieved, they need to work together, constantly communicate and encourage each other.

Don’t run and live life “alone”. Instead, find someone who can run with you, people who you know have genuine love and concern.

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