The Unselfishness of the Chicago Bulls

In sports today, there is a sincere issue with players becoming very selfish. As a result of many athletes acting selfish, they ultimately forget about the most important aspect, which is the team. Many amazing players in different types of sports lose their greatness by forgetting about the team and merely being self interested. Players being selfish is most evident in players asking for more money and also by the way they play on the court or the field. When teams come together and eliminate the selfish attitude, they eventually play better and understand how it is to truly win as a team. Regardless of skill, the teams that play cohesive and as a team always succeed more. In Rousseau’s social contract, he explains a major issue with human nature which connects to the issue in sports. The major issue Rousseau conveys about human nature is that humans simply get caught up with society, thus become selfish. Meaning, people just worry about themselves and not the rest of society. Therefore in order to avoid this, Rousseau provides a brilliant solution through his social contract. Rousseau conveys that in order to eliminate the selfishness from humanity, there must be a democratic contract so that people work together. The ideas of Rousseau show that in order to be successful, people must work together, thus teams must truly play as a team. To show an example of a team that follows the solution to selfishness of Rousseau, the Chicago Bulls provide a great example.

Chicago bulls playing at the home

Although selfishness is a major issue in sports, the Chicago bulls truly define what a team is. For a couple years now, their best player, Derrick Rose has been out with two knee injuries for both seasons.

Derrick Rose, a player for the Chicago Bulls

The injuries to Derrick Rose forced the Bulls to play without the player that the team was built around. Despite losing their best player, the bulls came together, played very well, and made the playoffs both years. This example of the bulls playing without their star shows that even though their star got injured, the team was still able to play well. The Bulls convey the ideals of Rousseau because  the Bulls prove what it means to be a team with no star player. Another example of the Bulls conveying the democratic ideals of Rousseau is what happened this year during a preseason game. As Derrick Rose, who is now playing this season, went up for a layup and fell to the ground, the entire team went to make sure he was fine. Not only did the players on the floor see if Derrick Rose was fine, but the entire bench got up and ran over to Rose.

All of the players getting up to help Rose is extremely amazing to see. This act by the Bulls truly shows how devoted they are to the team and how they truly care about each other, not just about themselves. The Bulls truly convey Rousseau’s ideas because they show that they need to work together in order to succeed. Sports players need to follow the example of the Bulls and play as team.

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2 thoughts on “The Unselfishness of the Chicago Bulls

  1. Although I agree with your assertion that sports should be centered around teamwork and shared opportunity, I would attest that, in some sports, it might be beneficial in some circumstances to leave it up to one person. Good examples can be seen in the teams of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Both teams are centered around their respective stars, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and are well known to give the ball to them and get out of their way. In these situations, both stars have shined and clutched goals to carry their teams. And although passing might be a factor, in most of these instances, Ronaldo and Messi are running at the defenders and cover most of the ground with their pace. So I think it would be O.K. to think that being selfish (if you’re amazing/the best in the world) is alright as long as you deliver.

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  2. I think you make a very good point about the Bulls and how their lack of selfishness proved to be beneficial. It often is and when you are dealing with a team. However, the key to the Bulls lack of selfishness was that they were playing without their superstar. When a team’s superstar is involved it is an entirely new game. Take, Lebron James for example when he was on the Cleveland Cavaliers the first go-around. In his final season they finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference, and the following season when he left, they garnered the worst record in the entire league. Lebron lead that team to victory and to the playoffs year after year. The team was centered around him and without him they simply weren’t that successful. He was surrounded by role players and he was the star and it was him who was necessary for the team to succeed. Lebron took over games, he scored most of the points, lead the late game comebacks, and helped lead the team to victory in close games. He had command of the court for most of the game, and he had the ball for most of the game as well but that was okay because he did it successfully. Was it a little selfish to not really share the ball? Yeah, it was. Were the results good though? The results were great. He was selfish and it paid off. Being unselfish in sports is usually crucial to success but when there is a superstar on the team who can really take control of the game and will the team to victory it is okay for them to be selfish in my eyes. Your piece is very interesting and strong, but I do find that there are certainly exceptions to your point.

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