One of my favorite sports to watch is NBA basketball (GO CELTICS!). I love the physicality of it. I love the excitement of it. I love how entertaining it is. But, most of all I love the strategy of it. One of my favorite players is Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics. While Ray is near the end of his career, he still stands as one of the top players in the league. Ray currently holds the record for the most 3-pointers ever made in the NBA. But, what I love most about Ray’s game is not that he can shoot the 3-ball with accuracy, but that Ray knows and understands how to move without the ball.
In one of the up close moments during a game, the camera spotted Ray giving a young player some advice; Ray told him “don’t watch the offense, watch the defense.” Ray had mastered this skill throughout his career. Watching the defense informed how Ray moved around the court to get to the best spot to shoot his sharp 3-pointer. If you ever watch Ray Allen play you’ll notice that he never stops moving on the court. He does a great job at moving around the court without having the ball in his hand. But, he is not moving just for the sake of moving, instead while he’s moving he’s watching the defense and waiting for his opportunity to affect the offense.
In my opinion, Ray Allen teaches us a valuable lesson about accomplishing our goals in life. Sometimes we’re too busy watching the offense when we should be focuses on the defense. Sometimes we’re too busy looking for our opportunities and next big moments (our offense) that we forget to strategically move through the opposition (defense) so that it does not shut down our offense when the time is right. Studying the defense gives Ray and us the ability to know and find the gaping holes within a defense so that our offense will flourish.
One thing about Ray Allen is that he trusts Rajon Rondo (the point guard for the Celtics). Rondo’s job is to distribute the ball to the shooters. Allen is sure that if he keeps moving through the defense and moving without the ball, Rondo will find him in the right spot at the right time giving Ray the best opportunity to run the best offense. Trust that God knows where you are and knows where to find you and if you keep moving through the defense, without the ball, God will bless you with those opportunities to run the best offense for God’s kingdom. Learn how to move without the ball!