Yup, we went to the Basketball Hall Of Fame Tip Off Tournament today at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.
And it was fun! Just as expected, the North Carolina Tarheels played the Louisville Cardinals for the championship. Great game, which North Carolina won.
And the photos gave me a great idea for lessons in leadership and excellence. Because no matter what your game is in life, you better believe there’s stuff to be learned on the court!
This one was actually from the night before, at the hotel swimming pool. One of the players was getting stretched out by the athletic trainer.
If you’re getting in the game, get yourself ready. It moves fast, and you want to be ready for it.
Get yourself ready. Take a few dry runs at what you want. And communicate with the people who are doing it with you. There are very few games that are one person contests, even if it seems like you’re out there by yourself.
Give it your best. Reach for it. It’s your best chance to rise above the crowd.
4. GET A COACH
The Louisville Cardinals are a great bunch of players without their coach. With Hall Of Famer Rick Pitino, they’re special. He sees what they might not and brings out the best in them.
Sidenote: you don’t have to be perfect to be great. And you can screw up big time and still be worth following. Rick P. is a great example.
5. RESPECT AND HONOR THE ONES WHO CAME BEFORE YOU.
Check out the halftime ceremony! Six Hall Of Famers in one spot! You’re playing the game because someone else blazed the trail. Honor them.
Bonus points for people who can name the H.O.F. players and coaches in this picture.
Speaking of Hall Of Famers, that’s Dick Vitale calling the game from the sidelines. He drew the biggest crowd out of anyone, including the players!
No matter how good you are…publicity, marketing and building relationships with others let the world know where to find you. Promote your game. And promote yourself. And do it with a sense of fun and adventure.
7. G0 BIG!!! If you’re gonna do it, make a commitment. It’s how things get done.
8. BE GRACIOUS. When it’s over, be gracious. Realize your competition is really part of the same game you’re in. Whether you know it or not, you’re interdependent with them.
9. LEARN TO DEAL WITH PRESSURE. That’s Marcus Paige, the tournament Most Valuable Player. He was all over the court, directing the flow of the offense, hitting big shots, playing tough defense. He was the guy. And here he is, getting a lesson in how to handle the pressure of publicity. He’s being groomed for it all…and he’s ready. Are you getting ready?
10. CELEBRATE. And yeah, at the end of the game…remember to CELEBRATE! Trophy or not trophy…the old phrase is true…
If you had fun, you won!