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Remembering what we forgot

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer - Friday, April 21, 2006
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Flying home today from a recording session in Michigan when two articles about the NBA teams caught my eye and frankly, snagged my brain. USA TODAYApril 20, 2006 has a (www.usatoday.com) front page story quoting former college coach George Raveling, Nike's director of global basketball. "NBA teams are realizing it's less risky to draft internationals because they're more coachable, more socialized,have no posses and have not been Americanized." He also predicts that international players will comprise 50% of the NBA by 2011. OUCH! I'm not a basketball player but I am intensely interested in the field of human behavior and performance. What are we doing in our families, communities, workplaces and nation that has bred athletes who are NOT coachable and socialized. This strikes me as a very sad indictment.

While we might pride ourselves on individual accomplishments, we have built our nation and organizations on teamwork and collaboration. Maybe we need to remind each other of that fact. The rest of the article (page 2) contained a statement by Spurs coach Gregg Popovitch, "The Euros and foreign players and coaches are doing things in some ways we have forgotten about and used to do." AH--back to basics. How many times do we forget about foundational skills? Not just skills of learning basketball from the perimeter facing the basket, but the skills of courtesy and conversation. It's time to remember what we might have forgotten.


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