This past week we saw two classic examples of the need for both talent and chemistry to be a successful team.

This past week we saw two classic examples of the need for both talent and chemistry to be a successful team.

The first was the firing of Trey Hillman, manager of the Kansas City Royals. It was a mandatory move by the organization for the future of the franchise.

However, let’s face it, the Royals are just not very talented in key areas. Not even Moses could lead the Royals to the promised land. They have zero middle relief pitching. They are also one of the worst base running teams.

That is a coaching responsibility, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the player to execute. They have improved defensively from last year but are still not functioning at a major league level.

I think the biggest problem with the team is that the players don’t appear to have any sense of urgency. This is also a coaching area, but a truly competitive athlete possesses that trait. We could probably write a book about the Royals, but I’ll move on.

The other example of a team with talent but not chemistry is LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team lost in the semifinal round of the conference playoffs. In the final three games of the series, neither LeBron nor his teammates displayed any chemistry at all.

LeBron, as one of the greatest players in the world, stood around and watched his teammates look to him to do something. Perhaps the team is not as talented as everyone thought they were throughout the season – even with the best NBA record for the regular season. Obviously the team lacked mojo.

The moral of both of these stories is talent and chemistry go hand in hand in order to reach the mountain top.

Of course, talent helps!

• Hillman was a class act in his departing interview. It is obvious he is a quality individual. I hope it will help him grow into a success in baseball.

• My quote of the week is from former sportscaster Jack Whitaker: “The sports world is a classic example of the game of life. Much can be accomplished when nobody becomes too concerned with who gets the credit. Great plays are made possible by unselfish and disciplined individuals who are more concerned with end results than with personal ones.”