I just have to post about the NBA playoff game that I just witnessed. This game was just full of lessons. A minister could make a month full of sermons on this!
1st Jason Terry – Jason was unashamed to give glory to God not only for this win, but for the last two wins as well. Even during losses, Terry showed a Godly attitude, maintaining calm. His reputation was obvious during the first game of the series when he lost his temper in a rare episode. The announcers honed in on it with shock because they had so very rarely witnessed it before. JET deserved the player of the game award that he received tonight.
2nd Mark Cuban – Mark makes some really stupid statements once in a while. He is, by far, less than perfect besides his brilliance in making money. Still, this man is like so many of us, just struggling to do his best, amidst a multitude of mistakes – IE: normal, fallen. He hit a homerun after the game tonight. It was pure class and I was so delighted to see Don Carter there, getting to share in the credit of the team he built.
3rd Dirk Nowitzki – Dirk didn’t play his best tonight. He struggled throughout the entire first half, but gave credit to his team since he wasn’t in a rhythm. “They carried me,” he said. How like the Body of Christ, where one person or group will fill in where another person or group is fading. In fact, during the third quarter, 3 men from the bench played almost the entire time, maintaining the lead and allowing the stars a much needed rest, so they could then push through to the end.
4th Jason Kidd – Jason, at 38 years old is the oldest player ever to start in the NBA Finals next to Kareem Abdul Jabar. With amazing experience, he has the wisdom that comes with his age. After the cockiness that was displayed from opposing teams, he could have done an “in yo face” type of thing, but instead he made a point to compliment the HEAT for an amazing battle. His interview comment echoed some of the personal “private” comments that he made to some of the Miami players, just proving his integrity. He didn’t just give lip service to the opposition because it looked good on camera. He sincerely applauded them both on camera and “off.” There is much to be said for a man in such a position who exemplifies such a humble attitude.
“This is a group of castaways and now they’re champions” is what Mark Jackson, one of the game announcers, said. So let me draw a few conclusions:
- The NBA world considered these players to be near the bottom of the barrel. (I really did find that hard to believe, but with Jackson’s comments and the perpetual underdog image that the media gave them for the past 2 months, I guess I should start accepting that fact.)
- The team itself accepted the championship with all humility, making a point to give away credit instead of glorying in their own achievements.
- The players of this team recognize their inability to carry the team alone and are stronger for it.
Not to say that the Miami Heat or any other team is less than honorable, but isn’t it sweet when the righteous prevail???