Coming through when it counts

There’s been a resurgence of the “Is the greatest basketball player LeBron or Michael Jordan” debate after Lebron James picked up his fourth championship ring.

I don’t care much for such debates.

But, it did make me reflect on “The Last Dance” documentary about Michael Jordan again. One of the ideas that inspired me was the level at which Michael Jordan performed throughout the season. But, then, somehow, he raised his game in the knockout stages. And, then further in the NBA finals.

Every time the Bulls landed in the final, he came out as the Most Valuable Player. 6 times out of 6.

I’ve had many sporting heroes over the years. Every one of them has had occasions when they didn’t come through. So, I was admittedly awestruck at MJ’s record.

He was far from a perfect human being. “Winning has a price. Leadership has a price” – in his words.

But, there’s something to be said for coming through when it counted.

Every time.