Originally published February 2, 2013.
Revised and republished October 30, 2015 after a web host transfer.
Failing to see opportunities for serendipitous success
in people who are different from you
because you do not understand that
your success is connected to their success
First Point Attitude
Scouting methodology that focuses on:
Watching videotape to see who “runs really fast, jumps really high, does the quick, easy thing to evaluate”
Predraft workouts to watch for skill work, shooting, and one or two on two or three on three
Second Point Attitude
Asians are poor athletes.
Third Point Attitude
Ivy League schools do not produce great athletes.
Failure To See Opportunities
These foolish failure attitudes put Lin in the NBA D-League three times. Coaches passed him over or put him in a back up spot. Finally able to show his stuff for the Knicks, Lin led “a turnaround of an 8–15 team that had lost 11 of its last 13 games.” In short order, “Lin became the first NBA player to score at least 20 points and have seven assists in each of his first five starts.”
Taiwanese American and Harvard grad Jeremy Lin does not do “anything that’s extra flashy or freakishly athletic”, but he is savvy in scoring, assists, steals, blocked shots, field-goal percentage, and free-throw percentage.
How many other valuable players have been left in the D-League or on the bench by basketball’s three point foolish failure attitude?
Other kinds of foolish failure are possible in basketball. Signed to the Houston Rockets, one of Jeremy Lin’s teammates is James Harden. Lin and Harden are good at the same things. They each play their best when the other one does not play. Someone needs to identify a smarter way to use all of their skills all of the time.
“Jeremy Lin: Fernando Valenzuela understands Lin-Sanity first hand”
San Jose Mercury News
February 16, 2012
“An All-Around Talent, Obscured by His Pedigree”
The New York Times
September 14, 2010
“From Couch To Clutch”
Pablo S. Torre
February 20, 2012
Paula M. Kramer
Resource Rock Star (See websites below.)
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