There are valid points to each of these ideas. I know the “I” comment sounds very brash but the truth is “the best way to improve the team is to improve yourself.” (Coach John Wooden) There is personal responsibility that each player bears…
Yet the idea of TEAM carries more than just sharing the court. It involves Talking, Encouraging each other, Asking each other questions to get to know each other’s goals and desires, and then Motivating each other to fulfill those dreams!
The truth is that great players surround themselves with other great players that are going to push them and motivate them to get better. I just read about Kevin Love’s frustration that his team is not doing well. He said, “I'm a big proponent of greatness surrounding itself with greatness…”
People slammed the Heat for doing that with their “Big 3”, yet I challenge you to look at past champions and you will see teams stacked with greatness – great players surrounded by great players… Now please note that at the professional level of athletics every player is great in skill set; yet there are those that go beyond skill set and find a way to bring out the best in teammates.
Biblically speaking we are commanded over and over to surround ourselves with wise people; commanded to have iron sharpen iron; told that bad company corrupts good morals; etc.
Who are you surrounding yourself with? Do you have people dedicated to your growth? Are they dedicated to victory? Are you encouraging / motivating others?
Going to church and small groups simply means that you are sharing the same court… Are you actually TEAM-oriented? Are you taking time to Talk, Encourage, Ask, and Motivate?