Game 7 of the NBA Finals tips off at the top of the hour. Before you tune into ABC, you need to read Nazr Mohammed’s story in The Players’ Tribune about his experience with an NBA Final Game 7.
In 2005, when Mohammed was with the San Antonio Spurs, the series with the Detroit Pistons went to an exciting Game 7, much like the series with the Cavs and Warriors.
The Spurs won Games 1 and 2 at home, but then went to Detroit and got blown out in Games 3 and 4. The Spurs stole Game 5 on the road, which put them back up 3-2 heading home for the final two games. The Pistons won Game 6, which set up the exciting Game 7.
I’ve played basketball for my entire life, and that was easily the most nervous I have ever been before and during a game. I mean, I couldn’t believe I was a starting center in the NBA Finals. My mind was racing the entire time. I wasn’t thinking about playing the best game of my life. I was more concerned with not making mistakes.
The Spurs won Game 7.
On the big stage, it’s easy to lose your cool and try to do too much. But to win a Game 7, you should lean on what got you to that point.
Mohammed calls Game 7 another level on basketball, saying “it’s a level you never knew you had in yourself.” Mohammed describes it as an out-of-body experience, where you don’t wake up until after the game is over. Mohammed has surprised himself with what he was willing to do to an opponent in order to win.
And finally, Mohammed says that biggest key to winning is to stop thinking about yourself and think about what’s best for the team.
Finally, you have to take yourself out of the equation. At this stage nothing is about you. This isn’t the time you should be thinking about making a name for yourself by having the game of your life. It’s all about team.
To real Nazr’s full story click here, which includes a break down of the Cavs and Warriors’ keys to winning Game 7.