This time of year every game is the biggest one of the season and very few of them (Other that the matchups between the 1 & 16 seeds) go as smoothly as planned. “Stuff” happens even to the best of teams and the true mark of a champion is often how they respond to the ineveitable adversity that they are sure to face. In other words, a team’s overall attitude is often more important than their shooting percentage.
Here is what Chuck Swindoll has to say about the impact of attitude:
The longer I live the more I realize the impact of attitude
on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than
the past, than education, than money, than circumstance, than failure, than
success, than what people think, say, or do. It is more important than
appearance, giftedness, or skill.
The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day
regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past.
We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the string we
have and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is ten percent what
happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it. And so it is with you. We
are in charge of our attitudes.
There is going to be some great basketball played over the next several weeks. Between ankle breaking crossovers and rim rattling dunks, watch how the players and coaches respond individually and collectively when things don’t go exactly their way. Is their attitude good because they are winning or will they win because their attitude is good?