Let me first thank all of you for your support over the years; not only for me personally, but for all the New York Knicks. It has truly been an amazing ride. I am excited to see what the future holds for all of us, the team AND fans. I am also excited, as KnicksOnline.com has welcomed me and ALLANHOUSTON.COM into your community. We will be hosting a series of blogs, video and text, live chats, and other fun ways for us to stay connected. You can probably imagine how busy the schedule is, but I will answer as many questions, and give as much feedback as possible.
Will 2009 Be An Ordinary or Extraordinary Year?
The first week of 2009 has already showed us what this team could be like. On Sunday the 4th, we beat the Celtics by 12 and looked really good. The following Tuesday and Thursday, losses to the (Oklahoma City) Thunder and the Mavericks left a sour taste in our mouths. The difference in the win and the two losses is very clear, It is the difference in most cases between winning and losing in all sports, especially at the professional level. What is it? It’s ‘a little extra’. It has always been my experience that the extra little things make the difference between average and great, between ordinary and extraordinary.
These ‘little things’ can be a lot of things. In this system that Coach D’antoni has brought to New York, it takes a lot of energy to run, and get to open spots for shots. If that extra energy isn’t put out, the team will struggle to score, and struggle to defend. Another ‘little thing’ that helps is communication on the court. A little extra talking between teammates could mean the difference between a broken play, or allowing an opponent to score. An extra possession could mean the chance to have a shot to win, so every little turnover adds up.
There are many examples of these, and I see one common theme throughout sports and life. Little things make the difference between ordinary and extraordinary.
I have always wanted to be extraordinary. Whether its golf or basketball, writing or speaking, relationships or health, ordinary has never been a goal of mine. I realize that being more that ordinary means I have to focus on little things in my life, because they add up. Most of the time the difference between a highly valued product (jewelry, clothes, food, etc) and one that is inexpensive in the details.
I look forward to hearing more from you. Starting with now through 2009, and on, let’s be more that ordinary, but extraordinary!