In sports, teams will trump individuals nearly every time. LeBron James knows this well.
Despite James averaging 35.6 points, 9 rebounds and 10.6 assists in the NBA Finals, his Cleveland Cavaliers are in a 0-3 hole to the Golden State Warriors.
Great teams, like the Patriots and Warriors, don’t beat themselves. Even on off days, their pedigree and attention to detail will win out over the course of 60-minute or 48-minute affairs.
No team has consistently overmatched opponents mentally as the Patriots have in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era. Sporting greatness on the field or court is one part of the equation (the Patriots have Brady and Rob Gronkowski, the Warriors Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson). Dominating preparation is another proven championship trait.
When teams have beaten the Patriots in Super Bowl s, like the New York Giants or Philadelphia Eagles, it took near-perfect efforts. Knowing the Patriots ‘ persona is why Doug Pederson knew he had to keep his foot on the gas in Super Bowl LII, which led to the memorable Philly Special touchdown.
Great teams don’t beat themselves and they make the margin for error minuscule. Even for a player of LeBron’s caliber, overcoming The Team is a daunting task.
No, he did something that he considered normal.
I hope anybody would have done that. But I don’t know, that’s just how I was raised, he said. You see somebody in distress, you just help them out, nothing more, nothing less. . . . I’m happy she made her flight more than anything. I’m not really a media guy.
Teammates were teasing him, and he would have rather talked about football than get attention for his good deed.
And with a little luck, we could live in a world where such gestures didn’t stand out in such sharp relief from what we’re surrounded by on social media.
While Cam Newton and new offensive coordinator Norv Turner feel each other out, Kuechly will be on the other side of the ball anchoring the whole ship, per usual. The linebacker led the Panthers with 125 tackles and was ranked by analytics site Pro Football Focus as the No. 1 linebacker against the run. Kuechly’s instincts at the position are unparalleled. He’s as important to the D as Newton is to the offense. Health willing (and the concussion concerns are frightening and legitimate), another year of elite play is coming.