First off, I grew up cheering for the Mavs and now I #ThunderUp. The Spurs were and seem to always be a rival. You don’t cheer for rivals. So, as a Mavs/Thunder fan, I hate the Spurs (I know, ‘hate’ is a strong word…I mean ‘strongly dislike’).
But, as a leader, here’s why I love them:
1) They value Team over Talent
If you were doing a fantasy draft today and you had your pick of any top 5 players for your starting line up, chances are there might not be a single Spur on your team. They aren’t the most talented, but they are not a team built merely on talent. They are a team built on playing TEAM basketball. Team always beats Talent.
2) They Think Pass First
There is always a tendency in leadership to overly, almost predictably, rely on a single great player or small group of standout performers. Great teams multiply great players by making great passes. Though the Spurs have some amazing shooters, time and time again, they pass up contested shots for open looks. Great teams value the pass and rely on the team rather than a single player to win the game or carry the load.
3) They Flop Convincingly
4) They Do the LITTLE Things Well
When you do the little things well, the big things get easier. When your Nickname is ‘The Big Fundamental,’ its likely your team is going to embody some of the same motivations. One of my mentors, @briancromer, taught me that projects will always have unknown variables, the goal is to have ‘excellence in the little you CAN control.’
You probably won’t see me cheering at any Spurs games, but deep down in my heart I honor teams that play with such great values. So, congrats San Antonio on your Championship and your truly great Team!