Basketball’s basic goal is to shoot the ball to the hoop.
But on April 11, 1999, the Chicago Bulls found it quite difficult to do against the swarming defense of the visiting Miami Heat.
The Bulls were playing in the post-Michael Jordan era, a period of NBA darkness for them. Nearly a year before their match against the Heat, Jordan, along with Scottie Pippen and rebounding king Dennis Rodman were leading the Bulls’ chase fr a Triple Crown in the decade 90s.
Jordan and Co. completed their mission by annexing the 1998 NBA season crown, beating the Utah Jazz in the Finals.
By this time on April, the fans have lost their interest. The Bulls didn’t have Jordan, Pippen and Rodman who all decided even before the 1999 season started that it was time to leave the city it has served and helped win NBA titles.
Against the Heat, led by Tim Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning, the Bulls were like boys playing against men. Chicago shot around 23 percent from the field as Miami ran away with a resounding 82-49 win at the United Center.
For the Bulls, the 49 points scored was the lowest output ever made in a game in NBA history since the shot-clock was introduced in 1954.
Chicago center Bill Wennington said after the embarrassing loss, “It’s not fun having this record.”
And just like the Bulls, we can all experience good and, at times, bad hair days. And they happen in any part of life, whether that’s in a sport like basketball or life in general.
Sometimes, everything seems perfect. Perfect score in your examination. Maybe you got a high rating from your supervisor after your quarterly evaluation. Perhaps, your business sales were hitting an all-time high in terms of profit.
But there are also times when nothing seems to go well. Para kang inaalat. You feel like the world is against you. Zero sales, bad shooting night, blank answer on your examination paper, or you fail in the Bar Exam.
The Bible says, “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.” (Ecclesiastes 7:14)
God may allow the good and bad moments for His purposes. The only response is to praise Him and thank Him because nothing happens by accident.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”