Court Vision with C.J. Lee
THURSDAY, OCT. 2 -- Looking into the Mirror
Accountability in life is necessary. Accountability in basketball is necessary also. Right now our team is growing closer together because we are getting challenged on a daily basis to hold ourselves accountable and each other accountable to the team.
The only thing standing in our way is a potential unwillingness to go beyond the call of duty to help one another. This is critical for everyone to understand because at the end of the day, all we have is each other, and we need to do everything we possibly can to make sure that our unit is rock solid because adversity will come.
What spurred this type of talk was a conversation between my teammates and I in the lockerroom on Wednesday. In order for us to be great, people are going to have to step out of their comfort zone, meaning they can do more for our team than what they are currently doing.
Everyone has value on our team and it is a matter of putting people in positions where their strengths can be realized. Stepping out of your comfort zone is very difficult but it is something we all have to do in order to achieve our common goal.
Another quote that I saved from the Michigan Minutes sent out this summer is "if you want something that you've never had, you must do things you've never done!"
If accountability is what we want, each member of the team needs to look in the mirror and ask am I giving this team all that I can give
Court Vision with C.J. Lee
MONDAY, SEPT. 29 -- Our Success is On Us
I would argue that this past week, from a basketball standpoint, our team took the biggest strides of the preseason. Our team attacked the track on both Tuesday and Thursday as well as 6:30 a.m. movement training workouts on those days. There were obviously some weight lifting sessions and some individuals sprinkled in. The reason I say our team took the biggest strides is because we are starting to take ownership of our team. It sounds crazy but taking ownership is something that seems obvious but it really is not. We are starting to realize our success is on us and we can effect change by being good teammates and hard-workers. Coach Beilein without question is the leader of the program, but we as players are beginning to see we can get results by holding one another accountable to each other. We lacked this last year and I see us correcting it every day in the way we attack our workouts.
The highlight of my weekend by far was getting a chance to talk to Isiah Thomas before the football game. Myself, Kelvin (Grady), Manny (Harris) and DeShawn (Sims) went to speak with him for a while during his tailgate with his friends. It's funny, we act tough around each other but when we shook Isiah's hand, we all looked like some little kids. Laval's (Lucas-Perry) mother took a picture of us with him which I need to get and frame immediately. I can remember growing up in Lansing, Mich., watching Isiah with my Dad and my brother in our basement. Even as a young kid, you know what greatness is when you see it. Isiah is the standard for the six-foot point guard as far as I am concerned.
After initially meeting him, Isiah came up to our Michigan Basketball tailgate before the game. This is where things got interesting. Zack (Novak) has been saying for a couple weeks that Larry Bird had the greatest quarter ever when he and Dominique Wilkins went head to head. Corey (Person) and I have been saying that Isiah Thomas in 1988 in the Finals versus the Lakers had the best quarter ever, scoring 25 points on a hurt leg. Needless to say, Isiah agreed with us because his was in the Finals. If you haven't seen it,YouTubeit, and you be the judge.
On Sunday, our Athletic Director Bill Martin treated the team to a dinner at Casey's Tavern on Depot Rd. It was nice to have a sit down meal with the team and just kick it for a while. I have passed Depot Rd. a hundred times in my three years here but Sunday was the first time I had ever turned to go down there. The food was great and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves accept for Anthony (Wright). You see the Cowboys game was on and he was upset that all week he is going to have to hear people talking about the Redskins. I can't understand how someone can be from the D.C. area and not like the Redskins. Why he likes the Cowboys I don't know, ask him.
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