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When being selfish is being a team player; Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant, Sydney Crosby

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 28, 2008

This is an open an open letter to star players Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics, NBA), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers, NBA), and Sydney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL).

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Dear Paul, Kobe, and Sydney,Paul Pierce Boston Celtics NBA

You need to be more selfish, be leaders, and take responsibility for your team’s success.

You cannot be passive and polite. This is not the time to share the ball – Make the extra pass – And worry about being a team player. By being selfish, you are being a better teammate.

When you drive to the hoop (or net), you are opening up the court (ice) for your teammates. When you take the extra shot, even if it is a little forced, you are helping your team. I am not telling you to take ridiculous shots, just shots that may be borderline.

These types of plays make it easier on your teammates. The players covering your teammates are forced to “cheat” and “help out” on you. Their defenders cannot focus on them 100%. This gives Kobe Bryant NBA Lakers Basketballyour teammates that edge they need to make significant contributions.

Paul: In game 7 of the Boston-Cleveland series, you took control (23 shots), took it to the hole, and made the Celtics a better team. You didn’t stand around being polite waiting for Garnett or Allen to shoot. You took control, and let your teammates benefit from your effort. And you won the game and series. Good work. Do it more often.

Kobe:
Don’t do what you did earlier this week in game 4. What’s the deal with strolling around the court in the first half not taking shots? 4 points in the first half and then 26 in the second half. The passiveness did nothing to help the cause. You ended up wining the game… barely. You would have been a better teammate if you were proactive , a leader, and a little selfish the entire game.

Sydney: Will you just take the puck to the net? I am now watching game 3 against the Red Wings. You had the puck on the left side. You had a path to the net and you passed it back across the circle. It wasSydney Crosby Penguins NHL Hockey intercepted. Please take it to the net and let your teammates deal with the rebounds! (You’re down 0-2. You better do it soon.)

Good luck guys. You’re being paid the big bucks to be selfish.

Please reread this letter before your next game. You will be glad you did.

Sincerely,

A Passionate Fan

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(photo i.a.cnn.net, images.businessweek.com, asapblogs.typepad.com)

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One Response to “When being selfish is being a team player; Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant, Sydney Crosby”

  1. During John Wooden’s 40-year coaching career, his high school and college teams won over 80 percent of their games. As men’s head coach at UCLA from 1948 to 1975, his Bruin teams claimed 10 NCAA national championships during his final 12 years, including seven in a row, and at one time won 88 consecutive games.

    Why did John Wooden’s teams win? He preached teamwork and unselfish play. Here are some of Wooden’s famous quotes.

    “Team spirit means you are willing to sacrifice personal considerations for the welfare of all. That defines a team player.”

    “A person must be interested in finding the best way, not in having their own way.”

    “Teamwork is not a preference, it is a requirement.”

    “Loyalty is a cohesive force that forges individuals into a team.”

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