Hasheem Thabeet is a Tanzanian professional basketball player who plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder. At 7 ft 3 in, Thabeet is the tallest active player in the NBA. Selected #2 overall in the 2009 draft, he has not lived up to that status. He has already played for 4 NBA teams. Most consider him a bust. One article called him a top 5 draft bust of the last 5 years (the others were OJ Mayo, Michael Beasley, Evan Turner, and Greg Oden for all you basketball nerds).
Hasheem Thabeet has reason to be a poor teammate. But he isn’t. In fact, he seems to be a great teammate.
Thabeet is always cheering on his teammates. The score doesn’t matter. The opponent is irrelevant. His number of minutes played is secondary. He always cheers for his team. It could be a Westbrook dunk, a KD 3, or a DeAndre Liggins steal, he will be supoorting them loudly. You can see Thabeet on any given made shot jump to his feet and raise his arms in excitement. He may even kick up his leg or give the Westbrook pistols. He is often the first one dishing out high fives at a timeout. He also seems to give his all every time he is on the court. Before watching Thabeet with the Thunder, I considered him a total bust and was not even close to being a fan. Now, I root for the guy because of the way he roots for his team (that, plus Satan could put on a Thunder jersey and I would find something good to say). So yes, I blindly love the Thunder, but we can all learn from Hasheem The Dream.
1. Despite your setbacks, don’t give up.
2. Don’t allow previous circumstances dictate your current attitude.
3. Regardless of your position, cheer for your team.
Do these and you will be a teammate that’s hard to Thabeet!