- Jan 23, 2011
Been thinking a lot recently about Kobe, since he died. When you hear him, Jordan, James, Ronaldo, our Harry, Federer and others who are at the top of the pyramid in their respective sports, there is often a common theme around what differentiates the good from the best. Jordan would openly admit that he felt skill-wise that he was in a special bracket, but certainly not alone. He said the difference was all about the work on and off the court. The ability to focus. The drive and desire to win above all. The confidence to take and make the last shot. That was how he, and the others i mentioned above, go from talented to peerless. From memorable to legendary.Yes indeed. Potential plus fitness minus. He is going to be phenomenal if he gets the latter right.
That desire is very hard to teach but that doesn't mean it can't be switched on. Agassi was a great example of a naturally great tennis player, who had all the swagger, but not the will required to be consistently great. It wasn't until he was 28, that the light came on for him, and over next two or three years he was easily one of the very best in the world.
I hope that light switches on for Ndombele sooner rather than later, and hopefully at some time, as opposed to never at all... As that would be a great shame.