The NCAA Tournament
(My apologies… but this was suppose to post last month on March 20)
Did anyone see the outstanding finish to the St. Louis vs. Michigan State game Sunday night? At the end of the game, Draymond Green locked down the win for MS with his play making, passing, rebounding, outside shooting, and leadership. He simply killed it.
The world is talking about Draymond’s play because he led his team to the Sweet 16, but not long ago, his freshman year after losing to Ohio State, he did not play one minute during that game. After that loss, on the bus ride home, he called his mom in tears and wanted to tell her that he wanted to leave and go somewhere else. His emotions clouded his judgement.
Needless to say, his mom said “no.”
So, he calls his high school coach and tells him the same thing. His coach said “no.”
He called his Assistant Coach and tells him the same thing. And he also said “no.”
He was obviously looking for someone to tell him that it was okay for him to transfer. But because they were all good role models, great influences, and knew what’s best for him, they all told him the same thing — that he needs to stay at MS and work through this issue because that’s what’s best for him. No one told him it was okay.
So, he stayed, fought his way through, and 3 years later he’s the senior captain of the #1 team in the NCAA Tournament — Michigan State. And they are now in the Sweet 16 and the entire world is talking about Draymond because of his play this past weekend.
Who’s to say that this same thing can’t happen to you. If you’re not playing or stuck on the bench and looking for someone to give you the okay to quit — don’t do it. Stick with it, try harder, and make it happen for you. Because the guys that see through the tough times are almost always the ones who have the world chanting their name like Draymond Green.