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Jan23
Historical Kobe Bryant
Is LeaderNotes just about basketball? It seems like it lately. I’ll admit, the past week has had a round ball influence. But the inspiring stories of “Glory Road”  and the 183 win streak of the Brea Ladycats  were really about leadership, inspiration and greatness. They just happened to be basketball stories.
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Then there is Kobe Bryant. If you haven’t heard, Kobe scored 81 points last night against the Toronto Raptors. This is an amazing feat  in an era of unprecendented talent and parity that exists in the NBA today. Then again it was Toronto. Not really a defensive powerhouse unless it is against a power play.

I live in LA. I love basketball. But I can’t get behind Kobe. I won’t deny it was an individual performance that is amazing. He personally outscored Toronto in the third period. But I don’t see a lot of leadership from Mr. Bryant. I don’t see him making his teammates better like Michael Jordan made Scotty Pippen better. I don’t see him playing inspiring defense and tallying triple doubles like Magic or Bird. I do see him brooding, solitary, demanding Shaq be traded and not leading on any level.

From what I read in the blogoshere, despite the performance, I am not alone. The word “rapist”  and “ball hog”  seem to show up as often as all-star or greatest player. In fairness, read LakersBlog for the “Kobe for MVP” side of the story.
In my view, the ultimate test of a player’s greatness is to win championships and to inspire his team to rise to greatness. Kobe has some championships to his credit but he was not the leader of those teams. Points alone do not a champion or leader make.

While Kobe was setting a record, another phenom was breaking one. Thanks to LebronTalk  for revealing that last night against the Utah Jazz, LeBron James became the youngest player to reach 5,000 career points, surpassing Kobe Bryant. In my opinion, LeBron is a much more complete player. One who can and will rebound, pass and will play defense. And not a bad scorer for 21 years old. We will watch to see if he can lead.
Jun29
Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko is NBA’s Good Guy
Sports media is known for tracking stats, making awards and ranking players. And professional sports is known for making young athletes millionaires and often egomaniacs.  With the NBA draft just completed and a new crop of instant millionaires created, I was pleased to discover a sports award that stood out because it rewarded leadership and being the number one “Good Guy” in the NBA.Kirilenko2.jpg

The Sporting News announced that the “NBA Good Guy” award for 2006 goes to Andrei Kirilenko, of the Utah Jazz. Okay, maybe there is not a lot of competition in the NBA for this award but let’s give it up for Kirilenko.

The Russian native not only ranks number one in the NBA in blocks (220), number two in blocks per game (13.9) and finished in the top 20 in six other categories, Kirilenko leads in his willingness to give and make a difference in the lives of people in Russia and the United States.

Kirilenko reaches out to the needs of the less fortunate. According to the Sporting News,

“His work in Russia has particular impact. Of the more than $300,000 he donated to causes last year, more than $100,000 in goods and services went to an orphanage in Moscow that was started by nuns because the state would not deal with disabled children ages 3 to 18.”

He also provided the initial financing to rebuild a children's cancer hospital in St. Petersburg that had serious cleanliness issues, including mold. When the hospital ran out of funds for medicines for leukemia, he gave $10,000 in medicines.

In the United States, Kirilenko helps out single moms, the Utah Food Bank and a local cancer institute.

We hear enough news about athletes and their trouble lives. It is nice to see that Kirilenko not only leads his team on the court but also leads the NBA in helping others.

 
May 2
Clippers are Led through Playoffs
Known no more as the “worst franchise” in pro sports, the Los Angeles Clippers advanced to the second round of the playoffs and now wait to see if they will face their cross-hall rivals, the Lakers, with whom they share the Staples Center.

In reality, this is the first playoff series win for the Clippers forever although some people will remind you that the club advanced as the Buffalo Braves in 1976, a few seasons before the team moved to San Diego, but I digress.

The Clippers handled the Nuggets without much trouble with the Nuggets only able to get one win in the series in game three. What I remember about that game was when the buzzer sounded, Cassell gathered the team around him and delivered a passionate speech. He didn’t wait to get to the locker room. He had something to say right then. Despite all the mayhem in the Nugget arena, all of the player’s eyes and ears were focused on Sam. Such leadership has made the difference in this series.

The Clippers are no fluke and had a solid season (47-35) given their history. The success is a combination of coaching, young talent and solid leadership. The Clippers’ turnaround can be traced simply to the resolve and vision of Coach Mike Dunleavy, the leadership and experience of Sam Cassell and the consistency and patience of Elton Brand.

Coach Dunleavy came to the Clippers with little more than a dream and a plan. But those are the tools a leader can use to produce eye-popping results. 

"It's a great accomplishment, a great feeling, to be able to accomplish everything you set out to do," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said Tuesday. "Everything we've done has basically followed the script. I'm very pleased." Dunleavy’s vision and commitment to a team and organization that had never produced is remarkable. clippers.jpg

Add to Dunleavy the bookends of playoff experience - Sam Cassell and Elton Brand. Cassell has logged more playoff experience than his Clipper teammates combined. During his career, he played in 108 postseason contests including a critical role with the Houston Rockets when they won NBA championships 1994 and 1995. Juxtapose Elton Brand. Until a few weeks ago, he had never been to the playoffs in his seven-year NBA career.

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