So first let me start off by telling you that I am a die hard Philadelphia 76ers fan (Yes, we exist). So I was extremely excited to see them play on Easter Sunday against a decent team to watch, the Golden State Warriors. Now, these are two teams heading in the complete opposite directions. The Warriors are looking to make history this season by breaking the best regular season record, while the 76ers are still trying to find their 10th win so that they won't tie the record for the worst regular season record in NBA history. As you can see by this graphic below, the Warriors get lucky more than the 76ers do.
Now even though the numbers are staggering, I still had faith that the 76ers would pull off the upset. What they lack in talent, they make up for in effort and teamwork. And it would be easy for the Warriors to not give their full attention to a team of this dismal caliber. The game started out with both teams trading baskets for about 16 minutes of gametime. The 76ers had a 16-15 lead at one point, and were even tied at 40 in the second quarter. At that point I was standing and yelling at the top of my lungs "Yes! We're tied! We're tied!" This is as exciting as it gets for a 76ers fan. But right after that, the Warriors did what they always do and blew the game open in a matter of seconds. By halftime they had a 16 point lead. But I still believed the 76ers could pull it out!
But belief isn't always enough, especially when you're playing against one of the greatest teams in NBA history. I was extremely pleased with the way the 76ers continued to fight all the way until the final buzzer. They did not let the score, or the other team dictate their aggression and passion for the game, and that is something to be admired. A team that could possibly go down as statistically the worst team in NBA history, yet they continue to fight as if it was the last game they would ever play.
The moral of the story is this: There will always be someone out there doing better than you. Someone will have a higher paying job, a bigger house, a nicer car, expensive clothes, and other luxurious things that nobody needs. But heart can't be measured. Determination can't be measured. When you're down and nobody believes in you, believe in yourself. Do not worry about what the next person has accomplished, or what accolades they have earned. Be happy for the next man, but follow your own path to success. If you're willing to work hard while times are tough, imagine how easy things will be when you get everything you always wanted and you still have that determination to be the greatest you that you can possibly be. The 76ers never give up, and neither should you.
And just for the record, I could play for the 76ers...
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.