The (In)Disposable Superstar

“In a league obsessed with LeBron, Kobe and D-Wade, Chauncey might actually be the one to emulate – a sturdy playmaker who, mid-career, asked to be taught how to make plays.”

—Tom Friend

Check out this ESPN ‘Outside The Lines’ story: The Disposable Superstar.

This is a GREAT article because of the insight it gives into the struggles that Billups had to overcome to achieve his success. (Thanks, Coach Berry for sharing! #thankthepasser)

NBA life is and can be a tough and cruel experience – especially for athletes that fail to meet up to other people’s expectations early. It takes a special person with a lot of resiliency and mental fortitude to overcome the battles that Chauncey Billups has.


“In order to lead you must learn to follow. If you take care of the person to your right and the person to your left, the person who benefits most is the one in the middle.” —Sam Mitchell

There are many subtle truths to the harshness of pro sports in this article and the struggle that point guards face when deciding when to create for themselves and when to create for others. Worth the read.

“Point guard is the greatest position on earth.”


DISCLOSURE — I was fortunate enough to have been mentored while working with the Toronto Raptors by Sam Mitchell. And, can say, without a doubt, that he’s all the leader and influencer that’s described; plus some. He had a big impact on my career and for that I’m very grateful.