Quick Thoughts on Pop and Tony Parker

Yesterday was Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch it live because I had to go to DLSU for some pre-graduation stuff.

But when I got home, I was able to watch the “mini-movie” that the NBA put together, and there was one moment that struck me. It was a conversation between Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich and Tony Parker.

Here’s the video. The conversation can be heard around the 4:24 mark:


If you’re feeling lazy to watch it, I’ll tell you what they said. Gregg Popovich told Parker something like, “Great leadership. You didn’t get 30, but you’ve got great leadership.”

Parker replied, “I have to trust my teammates.”

Here are a couple of thoughts that I had when I heard their conversation:


  1. Leadership does not mean you have to be the hero

Like what Popovich said, Tony Parker didn’t score huge numbers but instead he made the right plays, and set an example to his teammates.

Sometimes, when we are given the responsibility to lead, we think that we have to do everything, that we have to be the best at everything.

But just like in this example, great leadership can be just setting an example to the people under you. Show them the right way to do things. If you don’t get the attention, it’s okay. You don’t have to be the hero.


  1. Trust your “teammates”

I like how Tony Parker responded. He chose to trust his teammates. As leaders, we also have to trust the people around us (but of course trust wisely). Trust in their abilities, and potential. Build up their confidence.


  1. Pass the ball

It wasn’t in their conversation, but this is what Tony Parker and the Spurs do. What I mean by passing the ball is to give your teammate roles. Don’t do everything! By designating roles and tasks, not only will efficiency increase, but also your “team” will gain more confidence and experience, and will have the chance to learn.

Those are my quick thoughts about the conversation, and leadership. Are there any thoughts that you would like to share? Any points that you would like to discuss? Please comment below. I would like to hear your thoughts as well!

P.S. Let’s go San Antonio Spurs!


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