Gregg Popovich has won more than 900 games as the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs. He has the longest tenure of any NBA head coach, 18 years, establishing himself as one of the best coaches in the league. Under Popovich, the Spurs have won four NBA titles and made one other trip to the Finals. The team hasn’t missed the playoffs since 1997, and has perpetually adapted its style to counteract and overcome virtually every trend in the league. There is not a coach who so exemplifies ongoing excellence in pro basketball today as Gregg Popovich.
LeBron James is completing another MVP-level season, averaging more than 26 points, six rebounds, and six assists per game while leading the Miami Heat to the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Coming off back-to-back-to-back NBA Finals appearances, with two-straight championships, the Heat are poised to make a run at the three-peat this year. James is the best player in the NBA. It’s King James’s league—everyone else aspires to the throne.
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When greatness persists over time, our expectations rise to meet it. Instead of “exceptional,” it is merely “meets expectations,” that dreaded term of mediocrity and latent dissatisfaction. As we become accustomed to greatness, we become apathetic. And this doesn’t just pertain to basketball or other sports. It happens to just about every good thing in life. We appreciate it, get used to it, and get bored by it whether it is a spouse or a job or a church.
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