So often, we judge things between right and wrong. Even a little kid can figure it out. We have right. And we have wrong. Sometimes, though, it isn’t that simple.
Especially in sports.
We judge right and wrong too often by the result, and not the intent.
LeBron James’ intent to pass the ball to Chris Bosh, down two points, for an open corner three for the win is neither right nor wrong. It was a decision to go for the win on one shot. It wasn’t a decision to win or lose. It was a decision based on what he saw on the floor, one he’s made time and time again throughout his career.
And yet we treat each time he does it differently based on the outcome. If it falls, we talk about how great the shot was. If it doesn’t, we talk about how James shouldn’t have passed up the shot. Each time talking about the result while ignoring the intent.
The intent, always, is to win the game. It’s never to pass up the opportunity to win the game. LeBron is past that. He has shown he is more than willing and capable to go for the kill on his own. When he believes it’s the best basketball play.
But Big Shot Bosh in the corner? His sweet spot? Wide open? For the win? One last shot before the NBA Finals?
How do you pass that up?
You wonder if LeBron takes the shot if it was Game 7. Does he opt to go for the tie and live another play, rather than risk everything? Or does he still go for the kill by passing to Bosh?
Who knows. It depends on if that factors into LeBron’s decision making. It isn’t right, nor wrong, whether it does or doesn’t.
It just simply is.
“It’s a make or miss league,” said LeBron after the game.
Maybe it’s that simple.