Now many years down the road and with a totally different understanding of the game I realize fully why the Globetrotters games were called exhibitions. The things that Marques and Curly did were fun to watch but not the practical, most efficient ways to play a game. In fact they would do exactly the opposite of what we teach potential college players. With those kids I emphasize not wasting dribbles – using just what is required to create space and/or to get to the hole!
I taught it so much when I was still a HS coach that at times I would have my teams scrimmage with a “no-dribbling” rule in order to emphasize passing and cutting; to emphasize moving without the ball instead of watching the dribbling show. It is almost as if too much dribbling in game play hypnotizes the player’s teammates…
The point I am making with this is very simple: even something that in and of itself is not wrong or against the rules can be a detriment to achieving one’s goals if done in excess.
In this season of Lent that so many are observing I want to encourage us as believers that it is a good idea to set a time in “practice” that we give up some things to teach us sacrifice and commitment. In this season of Lent I encourage us as believers to be willing to take a good hard look at our lives to determine if there are things that are slowing us down in our goals….
Hebrews 12:2: “lay aside every weight…”
1 Corinthians 9:25: “is temperate in all things…”
I loved watching Marques and Curly, and still do when I see old clips. Their talent is amazing and very entertaining. Yet in the grand scheme of things their routines took place in a very small area and got them no closer to the goal…