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Meat and Potatoes

     Just because you were born on third base doesn’t mean that you have hit a triple in life. As you read this blog, you will see the reminder that we have been given  into “What makes the difference”. 

     I have never understood why a person feels like they need to “Twitter” an update on everything that is going on in their life; But, I guess, I don’t understand why people subscribe to read such information. It has taken reality TV to our cellphones.

     The following provides a  comparison of two basketball players. In their own words, we see the meat and potatoes of what makes one a success and the other, a failure.

     For ESPN. com, Bill Simmons provided the following in his mailbag.  It came as a Twitter from one of his readers:

3:50 p.m.: Hasheem Thabeet says: “Late LUNCH before i go for a NAP!!! Mhmmmm Yummy.” 

4:00 p.m.: Kevin Durant says: “Good workout..worked on ballhandling, finishing thru contact, pull up jumpers, pick n rolls, and making tough shots with a man on me!!!” 

Can you tell which one of those No. 2 overall draft picks just spent time in the D League?”
— Brian Seboly, Memphis, Tenn

     Both had successful college careers. If you clicked on the attachments, you can see that both players had high expectations coming into the National Basketball Association. They both signed significant financial contracts before ever playing an NBA game.

    Kevin Durant was drafted #2 in 2007 by the NBA Seattle Supersonics. That year, he won rookie of the year. Last year, he set a modern day NBA record for most 25 point games in a row. He is 6ft, 9 inches tall.

     Hasheem Thabeet was drafted 2nd overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2009 draft. He played very little last year, and as an answer to the above posted Tweet question , he was sent down to the minors because of his ineffectiveness in the NBA. Thabeet is 7ft, 3 inches tall.

     In basketball, they always say that you can coach skills but you can’t teach height. You either have it or you don’t. Thabeet has an advantage over most NBA players. The rest is up to him. Based on his Tweet, he apparently was not disappointed by his by his lack of success in his rookie season. In fact, there is nothing to suggest that his next season will be any improvement.

     Kevin Durant is not as tall as Thabeet but has a great deal of skill as well. You don’t get drafted in the first round of the NBA draft, if you aren’t already blessed with talent. However, if you track Durant’s career to date, you can already see tremendous improvement over his rookie year.

     The story of these two players in their own words is a reminder to me. In the practice of law, there are a lot of good lawyers. What makes an effective lawyer? No matter the business, we are all in competition. Even when someone has more ability, what is the life lesson through the tweets of these two basketball players? 

     Do you remember  Thomas Edison?   Thomas Edison  is known for his genius and his inventions. His inventions included the motion picture camera and the light bulb. He was also the founder of that little company, known as General Electric. In fact,  he was so creative that he was granted 1093 patents for his inventions. So tell us Mr Edison, what lesson are we to learn from this tweet?  Why is  the 6 ft 9 inch player better than someone so much taller?  

    To that, Edison would remind us about what kept him going,  “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration. The meat and potatoes of success.

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