By Henry Abbott
TrueHoop reader Nick just noticed a Brendan Haywood quote that comes from NBA.com (via Fanhouse): "That's what the Celtics do. Paul Pierce can have 12 in the fourth quarter. [But] if they're up, he don't care. That's what we gotta do. Check your ego at the door. Move the ball. Play some defense."
The theme, of course, is egolessness. The Celtics have it, and a recent title. The Wizards apparently have neither.
On egolessness, trust me, everyone should follow Nick's advice and watch musician Graham Parker in this tremendous, and not too long, video. He's talking about a lesson he learned from a producer, about the Rolling Stones, that could apply to any group trying to get something done together. Great stuff.