“There’s no I in TEAM”: A Look at Teamwork and Working with Others

As members of the ME generation, I think one important life skill we don’t utilize often enough is teamwork.  As annoying as it can be to work with multiple people and personalities, in those interactions come learning opportunities about others as well as yourself.  When most people think of teamwork and teams, they think sports.  One sports team that I think demonstrate teamwork effectively is the Boston Celtics.  And I’m not saying this because I also happen to think that they are the best team in the NBA :-) .

The Boston Celtics has a good mix of old timers and tyros.  And what makes them great, is everyone has their time to shine because they all work together to compliment each other rather than one person trying to do everything themselves.   You know like all the other ball hog stars of other teams, I’m not going to mention any names, lol.  The old timers such as Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce bring the skill and thorough knowledge of the game; not only adding to the score, but they also make it fun to watch.  Having three old timers also helps to provide balance and promote teamwork as they all get their shine equally.  Then there are the younger players such as Rajan Rondo, Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis, and Kendrick Perkins.  These guys bring the energy to the game and serve as a great support system to the old timers.  As a result of being supportive to the big guys, they learn how to nurture their skills as future old timers.  Of course as with any younger member of a team, there are times when they (Rondo especially, lol) think they may be there already, but a couple of missed shots and/or a reality check from one of the old timers patches matters up. Lastly, then there’s the bench.  I mean even their bench players are great, lol.  That would be Nate Robinson,  Marquis Daniels, Delonte West, etc.  And at one time they had players like Eddie House, Tony Allen, Brian Scalabrine, Rasheed Wallace who all were also very valuable to the team.  The bench players bring patience and support.  As anyone can imagine, it’s hard to sit on the sidelines and watch as others excel. Most people tend to show their ass when they come off the bench.  But the Celtics bench comes in using the same teamwork as the starters, leading to more effective plays and more points.  On top of already being talented, I think the patience of the bench leads to them actually having more time on the court. And with the balance and actual use of everyone’s skills, the Celtics always make for a great team to watch in action.

Moral of the Story: The Celtics are the best, lol! No seriously, teamwork is an important skill as young people we don’t recognize.  As we come up in a self-centered generation, it’s important to recognize the generations before and after us.  It’s also vital that we recognize each other and start collaborating.  We all bring different strengths to any situation and in working effectively together we can do great things.  When we aren’t able to recognize others around us or accept the fact that we can not always do things alone, the results are like that of Kobe Bryant in Game 7 of last year’s championship.  Btw, shout out to Ron Artest and his psychologist :-) You never know who will step up to the plate, but when you’re a team player someone always will.  The key is YOU have to acknowledge you’re a member of a team.  xx

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