Tonight is a big night for me and my 12-year-old daughter. We'll be heading down the Turner Turnpike from Tulsa to Oklahoma City to cheer on the Thunder in their season-opening NBA matchup against the Chicago Bulls. We're season-ticket holders and it's a good time for my daughter and me to catch up, chat, and for her to watch some of the best athletes in the world play a sport that she loves to play as well.
Since the Thunder relocated to Oklahoma City from Seattle, I've become a huge NBA fan. I admit I wasn't much of one prior to the Thunder's arrival, but now I'm the guy sitting around watching games on TNT, NBATV, and ESPN as often as I can.
For those of you who are NBA followers (or even casual sports fans), you know that in the offseason LeBron James (arguably the best basketball player in the world) switched teams, moving from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat. The reason was simple: LeBron felt playing for Miami would give him a better chance of winning an NBA title. And let's face it, with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh as your teammates, that makes sense.
Of course, the move put a bullseye squarely on LeBron's back. How could he leave his home base fans for a possible title? Was there no loyalty? Were money and titles all that he cared about? What about all those years in Cleveland? Do they not matter? Suddenly, LeBron was the bad boy of the league and the Miami Heat was the villain wearing the black hat.
As Jerry Seinfeld once said, "We don't root for players. We root for uniforms." He's right. LeBron was loved in Cleveland as long as he wore the Cavs jersey. Posters of him were everywhere. Now? Not so much. Cleveland fans burned his jerseys in the street right after he made "The Decision" on ESPN.
LeBron is a client of Nike's, and I've always been a big fan of what Nike does with their advertising. "Just do it" was so simple, yet so powerful. Well, Nike has now come out with a video showcasing LeBron's thoughts after he made the move from Cleveland to Miami. It's a great 90-second video and you can see it by clicking here
In the video, he keeps asking, "What should I do?" The real question is: Should he be who others want him to be or should he be who he wants to be? Should he follow advice or his heart? It's a deep question that doesn't have an easy answer. The easy thing would have been for him to stay in Cleveland and not be ripped in the media all summer ... but is the easy thing always the right or truly fulfilling thing?
None of us are multimillionaires followed in every step by ESPN. None of us are in the national spotlight. None of us will be courted by Nike. However, each of us, every day, are often faced with the question ... What should I do? Should you listen to others or your heart? Should you do what's right or what's easy?
What's keeping you from your goals, hopes, and dreams?
What should I do? What should you do?