Inspiration & Sports

What Happens When Your Teamwork Works

Six weeks since the 2009 NBA Playoffs kicked off, highlight plays can be viewed in various ways—whether it’s from an uncontested pass-the-ball-through-the-legs-double-pump-reverse dunk from Lebron James, a game-winning three-point shot from Carmelo Anthony, a solid chase-down by Pau Gasol resulting to a solid block or a power-playing move in the post by Dwight Howard.


Passing the ball to an open man is one of the best expressions of teamwork just like this piece of action from Kobe Bryant to Pau Gasol.

Yet, as great as all these individual feats are to watch, nothing compares to a victory achieved by five players, whose main goal isn’t just to showboat but to showcase teamwork at its best.

That, I believe is the main reason why the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic have reached the NBA Finals after three gripping playoff rounds.

Three seasons back, no one would have thought that Kobe Bryant, with all his amazing one-on-one skills and tremendous intensity, could return to the NBA Finals following his basketball “breakup” with superstar center Shaquille O’Neal at the end of the 2004 season.

But after perhaps, learning that there is no “I” in the word TEAM, Kobe Bryant was able to work on another aspect of the game that, during the first 10 years of his NBA career, wasn’t really consistent—passing.

Yes, he does pass to his teammates during his first 10 years, but for most part of those times, he tend to try to win it all for the Lakers in the endgame, especially when O’Neal was no longer around to catch his misses from long-range.

Kobe added glitter to his growing all-around performance during the Lakers’ last two playoff wins against the Denver Nuggets, finishing with an average of nine assists that helped propel LA to the Finals for the second straight year.

On the other hand, the Magic, already glittering with three superstars in Howard, Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu, knew that to overcome the “beasts in the East” namely the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, they need more than their trio to reach the Finals.

And Orlando did it with its trademark defense and inside and outside offense, turning non-believers and skeptics to believers.

Now, the Magic are back in the Finals for the first time since 1995 when O’Neal and point guard Penny Hardaway were still leading the team.

In real life, we can learn a thing or two from these two great NBA teams—yes, individual talent can be amazing and important, but nothing much can really be achieved apart from teamwork.

Whatever you do, whether you’re a student about to do some group project or group thesis; a professional (doctor, engineer, nurse, etc.); a parent; remember that teamwork yields a better return to your work.


2 Responses to “What Happens When Your Teamwork Works”

  1. Kobe realized the importance of his team. He moves from ME to WE.

    • correct! that’s why I like basketball. it’s one sport that teaches athletes valuable lessons they could apply in life. for kobe, it’s not just being “the man” who could take the game-winning basket so he can be the hero. rather, it’s making his team better by exhibiting teamwork.

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