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Sep 28, 2010

Review: More Than a Game



Everyone has been dogging Lebron James lately. Frankly I have never been a fan of his either. I totally ignored him until he was in the NBA and have derisively called him "LeBrandon" even to this day. Watching this movie changed my view of his recent moves. He might have made some mistakes with how he handled the media frenzy surrounding his switch to Miami but undoubtedly we are going to see some incredible basketball for many seasons. The film is full of every single typical sports cliché you can imagine, but it has some lessons anyone can apply to their life, especially sports teams like my Memphis Grizzlies!

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Friendship



A truly great basketball team is like a truly great jam band, or a truly great car company, or a truly great city council, or a really awesome tribe of indigenous warriors that hunt huge animals for weeks at a time and then make furniture out of their bones after they use every single organic material from the carcass possible for the basic necessities of life. In other words, team chemistry is as important as talent when it comes to winning at every level. Perhaps this is why Lebron chose Miami. Perhaps this is why the Grizzlies feel they have a great shot at making the playoffs this season as the next step. The continuity in the whole locker room from last season to this season should carry over to wins.


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Manhood

A consistent theme throughout the movie is that basketball is a vehicle for maturity, which is somewhat paradoxical since Lebron is often viewed as a man-child, never having attended college, dancing playfully in the face of opposing teams and their fans, having children out of wedlock, having too high a Vitamin Water to Book ratio, etc. He might write with better grammar than I'm doing in this post, so I should shut up I guess.


In the post-playoff seasons of the Grizzlies where they hardly seemed to show up most nights, they looked like children. It was painful to watch. The three amigos of Hakim Warrick, Kyle Lowry, and Rudy Gay did not look to be mature at times. Us fans will never know exactly what they were going through in mid-April but to us it was just shameful to watch. With the game becoming a job, with an impeccable salary, let's hope Rudy Gay ($82Million contract) becomes all the man he can be!

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Focus


I noticed throughout the movie that as soon as Lebron James gained celebrity, everyone wanted to knock him down. In the 3sob.com post they mentioned avoiding losing streaks. We've discussed also how the bench must improve. The 3rd quarter slump cannot happen. The Grizzlies starters have had a target on them and teams will go after them this year. The Celtics will remember the beat down they got in Boston last March. I will remember it for the rest of my life! It's going to be hell. So we need to bring it.

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Unity

The Celtics called it ubuntu. The Irish called it squad. Lockheed Martin calls it Skunk Works. Maybe their organization is not entirely the same, but the end goal is. To be the best you have to be completely unified in your drive to win, in your accountability to each other, and in your trust in something greater than yourself.

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Family

Most basketball players are depicted as either low-life gang members rolling with some huge posse, like Zach Randolph's "Hoops Family", or as the down and out kid from the projects that made it out while being raised by a sibling and finally given a chance at an inner city YMCA to become something more than your typical street baller. At least those are the stories that get news media attention. No one cares where the hell Mike Miller came from, very banal. The truth is that a lot of these ballers do come from tragic backgrounds. Regardless of their past, all the players on the great teams usually seem to come together as an improvisational family. Early family interactions create deep psychological scripts that extend to personal relationships later in life. Any ordinary sports team can become a very special thing to people when the family element shines through.

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GOD



At the end of the movie the coach gets kind of religious and philosophical in the locker room. I don't know if it was the real footage from the half-time of their state championship or a reproduction but it was pretty profound to hear. He kind of said, "we've come this far, let's finish this."

A little earlier in the film, the St. Vincent-Mary High School coach is in church. The minister sermons on making the choices in your life to overcome your situation and take responsibility for your choices. You can't go through life blaming all the people that you felt screwed you over; it is your choice to be a better person or to let those things defeat you.

Lebron has that whole CHOSEN thing that rubs most people the wrong way, in that it comes off as pretty sacrilegious, puerile, and self-aggrandizing. Sometimes when you see him standing there at the podium in Beijing taking the Gold Medal for the Team USA basketball team, or winning the NBA MVP award for the second year straight at the youngest age of any NBA player, you can see where he might be coming from. He's got a god-given talent, no doubt about that.

Many religions exist in the world, more than there are NBA teams or even NFL teams (32 freaking teams)! To some, god is benevolent and free. To some, god is an angry god that demands repentance. For us, God and heaven is just a ball going through a hoop, over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over again

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