As a basketball coach, I have a slightly different perspective on the game than many other coaches. Mostly what I hear when I listen to people talk about basketball is just how competitive a sport it is, just how important the competition is. There are five players out there going all out against five other players, and it's important to rise up to the level of competition.
Personally, though, I see basketball as a sport that's based on co-operation. I see the game as five players working together to try to score and to try to stop the other team from scoring. And yes, that does imply a certain level of competition, but to me the fact remains that unless those five players cooperate together well, nothing about competition really matters at all. If there's no cooperation, a team simply will do poorly all the time.
Cooperation is probably one of the most important concepts that members of the human race can embrace and celebrate. When we work together to achieve goals and to try to accomplish things, then there really are no barriers to what human beings can accomplish. That's one of the reasons why it's so incredibly sad to me to see what political parties are trying to do to us--trying to fragment us and tear us apart, focusing on our differences rather than on our similarities, all in the hopes of gaining a few votes come election time.
How can you cooperate with other human beings today to accomplish something truly important? What can you do today with someone else that will leave a mark, no matter how small that mark may be? What can you and someone else give to the world that will make the world a better place? We're limited only by our own thinking, by our own judgments and personal prejudices. I would love to be remembered someday as someone who put cooperation above all else, someone who taught others the value of working together with other human beings to accomplish truly important goals. Just as I hope my basketball team reaches success through cooperation, I hope that I myself can find some small successes by cooperating with other people to make life better for someone, somewhere.