Watching the NBA semifinals made me reflect on what characteristics make one athlete special compared to another. All of this leads to my idea of accountability.

Watching the NBA semifinals made me reflect on what characteristics make one athlete special compared to another.
LeBron James hit an impossible shot with 1 second remaining in the game to get the win for his team. It brought back memories of all of Michael Jordan’s great moments.
It also conjured up memories of Tiger Woods, Joe Montana, Bill Russell and Hank Aaron as they set themselves apart from other athletes in their fields. All of this leads to my idea of accountability.
Through all the years there have been many talented athletes in all sports, but the really great ones hold themselves accountable. Former French president, Charles de Gaulle once stated, “Faced with a crisis, a man of character falls back on himself.”
All of the superstars have one important quality – aside from their huge talent – in that they always want the ball when it’s crunch time. Their confidence in wanting to be accountable comes from daily work habits. An athlete who can focus and perform the physical and mental work necessary will be prepared to be accountable in all challenges.
Many times young athletes, coaches and parents are apt to make excuses for a poor performance. If excuses are acceptable, how can a young athlete possibly understand accountability?
It is likely that an excuse maker will never reach full potential. A true athlete possesses the ability to identify and analyze strengths and weaknesses and to develop a plan to bolster strengths while building on weaknesses. The greatest compliment for an athlete on a team is to be counted on and trusted by teammates.
• The Royals’ infield defense is driving me nuts. They are possibly the worst defensive infield in baseball.
• George Brett’s tirade was awful but he had good points that were expressed badly.
• The boys and girls state high school track and field championships need a new home. The Jefferson City facility is outdated and the parking is atrocious. The local hotels and motels jack up their prices and rob the schools when they stay for the weekend. How about the Kansas City area hosting the event?
• My quote of the week is from former NFL  player Dan Hampton: “Don’t be good, be great. Strive to be exceptional.  Picture yourself making the great play. Picture yourself making the great tackle. Don’t let anyone stop you.”