In San Antonio’s first-ever NBA title during the lockout-shortened 1999 season, David Robinson, the Spurs’ long-time superstar center, finally found a solid front court partner in 23-year-old power forward named Tim Duncan.
With the 6’11” Duncan doing much of the damage on the offensive and defensive end, the Spurs ended the New York Knicks’ title aspirations via a 4-1 NBA Finals series conquest.
San Antonio bagged the franchise’s very first title since joining the NBA in the mid-1970s.
Preachingtoday.com shared the story of what Robinson felt shortly during the 1999 NBA post-game Finals celebration as Duncan, the sophomore San Antonio big man, went up the podium to receive the NBA Finals MVP trophy.
“I can’t overstate how important my faith has been to me as an athlete and as a person. It’s helped me deal with so many things, including matters of ego and pride,” recalled Robinson, the 1995 NBA season MVP and 1992 Defensive Player of the Year.
“For instance, I can’t deny that it felt weird to see Tim standing on the podium with the Finals MVP trophy. I was thinking, Man, never have I come to the end of a tournament and not been the one holding up that trophy. It was hard,” he added.
Like Robinson, we probably have been in that kind of a situation before, where we hope that our hard work would be noticed by someone, maybe by your boss, your dad, your friend or perhaps, even your crush.
Sometimes, they don’t happen at all, and it’s as if all your effort went down the drain because people seem to ignore what you just did.
But perhaps, God puts us in situations like that because He wants to teach us to be humble and be secure.
For Robinson, that moment of seeming isolation tested his security and his character.
If he sulked and pouted, his heart would have revealed how insecure he was. But as Duncan celebrated and basked in the glory of his first NBA Finals MVP and first-ever NBA championship in just his second season as a pro, Robinson related how he remembered the story of the Bible character David after coming off a huge win over the Philistine giant Goliath.
“David helped King Saul win a battle, but the king wasn’t happy because he had killed thousands of men while David had killed tens of thousands. So King Saul couldn’t enjoy the victory because he was thinking about David’s getting more credit than he was,” said the 7’1” big man known as the Admiral.
In the end, Robinson summed up that moment with this statement:
“I’m blessed that God has given me the ability to just enjoy the victory. So Tim killed the tens of thousands. That’s great. I’m happy for him,” he concluded.
Time to ponder: How do you normally respond when people don’t recognise you for your efforts after being part of a successful project? Do you tend to work for people’s praises?
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