Have you ever been a part of a sports team? I played college athletics. My friends throughout my life have been athletes, especially college athletes who are now going on to professional athletics. "On the field today, your character will be proven." Yes it can appear that character comes as a result of winning, but that's not character, that's unity. And in the case of the Bulls, winning doesn't bring unity--especially in the case of Larry Hughes now.
You can't possibly build a team if there isn't character among its players. A coach can only do so much. Letting down a teammate is far worse than letting down a coach, an organization, or a city. These are your brothers in arms, your brothers in battle. The same brothers who make you bust your ass in 6am workouts, puke during and after practice, sacrifice liberties and rights for; the same brothers who you weep with during defeat, celebrate with during victory.
There isn't anybody on the Bulls who has the character to stand up for what they believe, except probably Joakim. But, as Skiles decided to point out, rookies should keep their mouths shut and and not comment. Yes Joakim made a mistake when challenging one of his coaches, but that was an individual mistake that didn't hurt his teammates. The lack of team character is what leaked that story to the press; which it never should have been. What should have been a one-game suspension should have been labeled, "Joakim won't play tonight for team reasons."
Yes, the bulls do need better players. But character in terms of your dedication to your teammates--not the coach, not the organization, not even the city--is what matters. MJ held his teammates responsible for their actions. Take the Scottie Pippen episodes. Character isn't just not getting arrested or in trouble, but it's proving to your teammates on a daily basis that you are in this for them.
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