I admit I do not watch basketball and probably haven't seen a whole game since I was at UCLA and the days of Lew Alcindor, now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I did see, in person, the NCAA championship game where John Wooden retired from basketball. My mother excitedly treated the two of us to the game. She loved basketball. She was from Indiana. Basketball in Indiana is BIG!
I recommend the books of John Wooden. He is quite a guy. I remember him at Pauley Pavilion rehearsing his players. I had a late-afternoon class so would pass by on my way to the dorm. The atmosphere was peaceful and kind, and they won, won, won.
Anyway, it seems the rules have changed on behavior since John Wooden's time and things got a little dicier in basketball behavior. I am aware of Bobby Knight. Still, I like to return to the days of the gentlemanly John Wooden.
I check out his web-site that begins with these words:
"Reputation is what others perceive you as being, and their opinion may be right or wrong. Character, however, is who you really are, and nobody truly knows that but you. But you are what matters most."
So, it seems perhaps the Warriors were unfairly treated, but, again, I say, I think the players who played under John Wooden knew how to behave, both on and off the court, and they would attest to that. He is a man, revered.
From Wikipedia on John Wooden.
Seven Point Creed
- Be true to yourself.
- Make each day your masterpiece.
- Help others.
- Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
- Make friendship a fine art.
- Build a shelter against a rainy day.
- Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.
- "Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming."
- "Be quick, but don't hurry."
- "Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."
- "A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, that’s teamwork."
- "Sports don't build character, they reveal it."
- "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail."
- "Don't mistake activity for achievement."
- "Goodness Gracious sakes alive."
- "The worst things you can do for the ones you love are things they could and should do for themselves."
- "You don't know our coach. He doesn't see color. He just sees ballplayers."