by Jeff Strite

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Playing as a Team (3 of 4)
Series: Game Changer
Jeff Strite
Acts 13:1-3

OPEN: Yesterday was ''St. Patrick's Day. So, in honor of that special day, I thought I'd share this video clip with you...

What you've seen were just A FEW of the final minutes of the 1963 championship game between the Celtics (thus the St. Patrick's day reference) and Lakers. The Celtics barely won 112 to 109 (which was a fairly high score considering the fact that there was no 3 point shots at the time).

That championship was one of 17 championships that the Celtics have won over the years, making them the winningest team in ALL of the NBA. In the 13 yrs. from 1957 til 1969, they won a record 11 of those championships, a 8 of those victories were consecutive - 8 in a row.

ALL this was accomplished under the coaching of Red Auerbach. Coach Auerbach formed the Celtics into team that dominated the sport of the day.

Now what was his secret?
What did his team do better than everyone else's?

Was it their great players?
Well, yes they had great players, but so did other teams. This was the NBA. You didn't get into the NBA unless you were a great player.

Was it their drive and ambition?
Yes, but other teams had drive and ambition, too.

There was one thing that stood out about the Boston Celtics of that day.
There was something the Celtics were known for that no other team in the NBA mastered as well as they did. Do you know what that was?

Red Auerbach once said ''everything we've done has been the result of PEOPLE WORKING TOGETHER to meet our common goals.''

His objective was to have 5 men out on the floor that worked together. Because he knew if he had 5 good men working together... they could win championships. And Auerbach paid his players more for what they could do to help team win than he did for their own personal accomplishments.
And that's why they won repeated championships.
They worked together as a team.

Now this has always been G ...

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