It's not just sports

I know a lot of people may not care, but I can't not post about the Celtics taking the championship tonight. I'm tired of hearing people say that "it's just sports." Nothing is "just" anything. This is all a part of life. It all matters. Is it the end-all-be-all? No. But it's a metaphor, it's an example, and it's a thrill.

Paul Pierce, Doc Rivers, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and so many others on this team have been trying for so long. They all struggled. And they came out this year and brought the Celtics from the bottom of the barrel to the top of the pack in one season.

Never give up. Ever. Failure isn't an ending, it's a beginning. It strips you down to who you are and gives you a chance to build back up.

It's a good thing to keep in mind in LA. With the passing of one strike and the threat of another looming -- with the job market and the economy -- with the risk and hard work and little validation --

Never give up.

And of course I can't help but think of the greatest player ever, the greatest clutch player ever, a man who never gave up:

I grew up in Chicago. In the 90's. I don't give up.

ps. Now we need the Cubbies to cement this life lesson...

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