The quarterback on a basketball court is the point guard – and the most important. He is the one who leads the team by trying to make the good decisions for the plays. He generally handles the ball more than any other player on the court and passes the ball off to other players to lead them towards a goal. All of this leads me to the good reason of why it is important for people to play sports. I did as a child and as an adult participated in sports into my sixties and still exercise regularly.
One of the things sports taught me was developing teamwork. This is a way to learn how to help others, and thereby themselves, to work together towards a specific goal, (winning). We see this problem of teamwork all the time in the major professional sports. I think the best example of that is in the NBA where there are “star” players and “winning” teams. I will not point out the specific teams that have (as we used to call them as a kid) “ball hoggers” as I am sure you know who they are. But I will point out an example of a great NBA team, the LA Lakers when they were led by, what most consider the best point guard ever, Magic Johnson. Some people have referred to Magic Johnson as the indisputable “Point God.” He was an absolutely great, all around player who probably sacrificed individual statistics for the greater good of the team – and in doing so, brought other teammates up to play at a higher level. And, of course, won more games.
Magic Johnson played in 12 All-Star games, won five NBA rings, three years the MVP awards and won most valuable player in three Finals. His career Stats 19.5 points per game, 11.2 assists per game, 5.5 re-bounds per game and 1.9 steels per game. Those 11.2 assists per game shows how much Magic was a team player. At 6 feet 9 inches he dominated the point guard position.
To have a great team is to have a leader who will work to have all contribute to it’s success. And without that great leadership in the “point guard” position few teams have had a high level of successful seasons.