Professional Basketball: College for Millionaires
Have you ever had that one class you just can’t make a great grade in?
Welcome to the life of an NBA player. There is actually a lot in common between a professional basketball player and a college student. Sure, they make millions of dollars, but they go through the same struggles that we do. Each day brings new challenges and struggles that we have to overcome. Their games and practices are our classes. Furthermore, they have homework just like us; they have to train by themselves to become better and more competitive. In fact, the similarities start from the beginning of the season.
At the beginning of the school year, the campus comes to life with many wide-eyed freshmen ready to live the college life and tired seniors who can’t wait to graduate. No matter the amount of experience, each student wants to start the year off with success. This is similar to how in the NBA, each NBA team looks to start the season off with success. Players of all levels of experience look at each season as a fresh start to do well.
As the year progresses, NBA teams have some easy games and some difficult games. Sometimes, one game is more important than others for their final record. Think of these easy games as easy classes and difficult games as difficult classes. Imagine the more important games as exams that count toward a college student’s final grade. All along, players are required to juggle their professional lives with their personal lives; college students have to do the same. At the end of the year, the stakes get higher and those that prepared well during the year end up with ultimate success. In the NBA, this success is an NBA Championship; in college, this is a 4.0 GPA for the semester.
As you may have realized by now, this metaphor isn’t reserved to basketball players and college students. Practically any career or lifestyle matches that of a college student. Every path taken after graduating has responsibilities, challenges, success, and happiness. As the semester dawns, remember that even though college may seem impractical at times, it is teaching us how to live life to the fullest.