Last week, Lebron James guaranteed Team USA will eventually win Gold Medal in Beijing. He uttered this sentence in “Time Magazine”. Well, for some reason I don’t think it was the best thing to do…
After their failure in Indianapolis ’02, Athens ’04 and in Tokyo 2 years ago, I thought American players were now more humble. Or at least, more cunning. Well, if you listen to Lebron and pay attention to what Carmelo Anthony said (“We’d have to beat ourselves for us to lose”), I’m afraid American players mentality didn’t change…
And it’s a bad habit. In life, you gotta learn from your mistakes. Saying such bold sentences can only overmotivate your opponents! In a tough competition like the Olympics Games, you gotta keep a low profile, stay humble and give everything you have on the court. Otherwise, you just rile your opponents. Once you won the trophy, you can speak. Not before. Never…ever.
Don’t get me wrong: confidence is mandatory to win. Professional athletes needs to be confident if they wanna reach their lofty goals. You need to believe in yourself, need to know you can beat anybody on the court. If you don’t, well you’ll get crushed. Period. But if you believe strongly nobody can beat you, then please don’t act foolishly like Team USA! I mean don’t say to everyone before the competition you’ll eventually win, that any team can face you. You gotta say it in privacy, in the locker-room.
And anyway how in the world can they say a such thing? I mean I’m sure James and Anthony don’t know half of their opponents! Okay they played in Athens four years ago, but foreign teams have evolved since then… and ultimately America was beaten down the stretch.
Plus, Team USA never scout their adversaries. Never! Team USA don’t know who they’ll face on the court, and they think they can beat them. Kind of weird, huh?
I hope for Lebron he’ll live up to his promise… otherwise he’ll get embarrassed.