Monday, May 05, 2008

Player

There is an intelligent basketball coach who continues making the same confounding decision over and over again.

He gives valuable playing time to a player that continues to disappoint, frustrate, and torpedo his team. The coach is familiar with his player so there are no real surprises, but he holds out hope that one day all of his patience will pay off and his player will flourish.

Sometimes the coach gets so fed up with his player's mistakes and poor performance that he decides to take him out of the game because he's better off without him on the court. It's never an easy decision but most of the time his flaws far outweigh his positives.

Suddenly the coach has found a new player. The sense of familiarity is not there, but the new player shows great promise and the coach is impressed with the way he's performing. He makes good decisions on the court and gains the coach's trust rather quickly. It seems to be a good fit.

However the promising new player is not perfect. No player is. He makes a few mistakes that are more reflective of not knowing the coach's system than it is the player's abilities. But the coach quickly decides he needs to make a change, ignoring all the good things he saw from his new player, and sits him down.

Much to the fans' chagrin, he puts the other player back in. They know it's only a matter of time before he makes another mistake and hurts the team, but the coach is willing to give it another shot.

The fans wonder why. They wonder why the coach makes the same decision over and over again with the same negative results. There must be something the coach sees that no one else does. He must have a reason. He has to.

So the loyal fans continue to watch, hoping that the better player will get enough playing time to prove that he belongs. They hope. But the coach seems resigned to sticking with the original player despite the anxiety and heartache he seems to bring. The coach holds out hope.

Maybe he'll suddenly turn it around. Maybe he'll just stop being the player he's shown that he is. Maybe his track record really doesn't mean all that much.

Or maybe it's time for the coach to make the hard decision.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Titan said...

I don't think this has to do with basketball mister. No I don't indeed.

May 06, 2008 5:07 PM  
Anonymous ro said...

wow. i didn't know that titan could read too! i knew he wore human clothes, and modeled regularly...but he reads AND types too? impressive. anna has got that booger trained well. haha.

ps-i like the analogy. good one ;)

May 09, 2008 2:14 PM  

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