Perhaps you have already heard about the tragedy involving NBA assistant coach, Monty Williams.  His wife, Ingrid, was killed this month in a car crash.  At her funeral Monty gave a wonderful eulogy.

Monty was a star at Notre Dame and played in the NBA for 9 seasons.  After his playing career ended he got into coaching.  A few years later, at the age of 38, he was named the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets.  He is currently the associate head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Monty has achieved amazing success and made millions of dollars as a player and coach in the NBA.  While many talk of the courage and peace of mind he displayed at his wife’s funeral, I loved how he placed his identity in the Lord.  He did not speak of his own courage, his own fortitude.  He said the Lord would work it out.  He directed all glory, honor, and hope towards the Lord.  Snippets of his speech are below.

I always find it impressive when an athlete of stature and wealth conducts himself with humility and put his identity in the Lord, not in his achievements on the court.

This begs the question: how does an athlete stay confident in the face of stiff competition and stay humble?  How do you sacrifice and work hard to achieve goals but not become identified with them?  I try to answer these questions in my soon to be released novel, The Blue Team.  Due to come out on March 14th, The Blue Team will make you laugh, think, and cry – everything Jim Valvano said to do in a day!

The Blue Team will be available on this website and at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Lulu.com  Be sure to check back for more updates.  And tell your friends!

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