Celebrating, Sportsmanship… and class

As most of the world knows the Boston Celtics won their 17th NBA Championship last night.
The Celtics surely wanted to win the game more than the Lakers as the game was a blow out.
The played with skill and precision coming from a 4 pt deficit in the first to leading and never looking back. Watching the game I thought, now that is a great basketball team. They spread the ball around, there seemed to be no selfish play. The coach made the appropriate substitution’s to let even the rookies get playing time in what would be a great moment in their lives.
For an hour I sat and watched what was shaping up to be a moment to share with the Scouts on team work and selflessness. And then they won.

Immediately the true colors of the players came to light, now I’m not talking about all of them, certainly Ray Allen and Paul Pierce showed the class that is demonstrated by the Doc Rivers their coach, but Garnett, the vocal leader of the team… well he got just that..Vocal. I am glad that the ABC booth was ready as a rash of profanities spouted from his mouth as he celebrated.
Was their a need for that. I don’t think so, but then that’s the way he is. That’s not a show. That is a lack of class.
I love to see a winning team thank the opposition after a game. The competition, the battle, the game, this is why they play, right? Well that and lots of money. But watching the post game, players from both sides embraced and wished each other well, all the while Garnett continued his celebration, at one point hugging Bill Russel and saying “I GOT MINE”.
Now I am not trying to bash on K G.. he is an incredible Basketball player.
My point here is that in victory there should be class, Sportsmanship, and yeah Celebrating… but celebrate with your team… it is a total victory when the team wins. The Boston Celtics won last night as a team. Kevin Garnett scored 26 points of the 131, he led his team emotionally and on the court. But at the end of the evening, as the team celebrated I can not get the picture of a selfish classes man in the spot light.
I thought to myself well it is a moment to share with our Scouts. An example of team work, and sportsmanship. An example of class and a lack there of.

Congratulations to the Celtics. They dominated the game and went out with class as a team. Exceptions to every rule apply, but they don’t have to. And the test of a true victor is class.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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