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Timing, Skill, and a Little Bit of Luck

Dave Randall

Posted on April 14, 2019 23:38

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Winning is a sometime thing. Don't let anyone fool you into believing you control your own destiny without the Big Three.

The shameful state of the Los Angeles Lakers and the run of the Golden State Warriors should be instructive to us all, that time, place, skill and good fortune are the nexus for success. To believe anything else is to deny reality. 

Chew on it for a while. The Los Angeles Lakers were the shining pearl of the NBA, and along with Manchester United, the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys, one of the world's four most bankable sports brands. Over three decades, spanning three distinct eras, the Lakers dominated. They had the vision and gusto of their owner, Jerry Buss, general managers Jerry West (then Mitch Kupchak), and Coaches Pat Riley and Phil Jackson, and the Hall of Famers who coalesced to win 10 titles: Abdul-Jabbar, Magic, Worthy, Shaq, Kobe, et al.  

During that period, the Golden State Warriors toiled in a crime-riddled city, under poor management, with a revolving door of mediocre coaches and players. The franchise experienced just the opposite of L.A.'s good fortune. Now, as the second decade of the 21st Century sits poised for it's last half year, the worm has fully turned. 

L.A. is in disarray, even with the best player in the game, Lebron James, on its roster. The owner passed, long ago, his daughter now in charge after a family feud; no competent coach has been found, and the front office has just been abandoned by one of the greatest Laker names, Magic Johnson. He fled a position he was likely not suited for.

Golden State has two owners (one, Peter Guber, is part of owner of the Dodgers). They put you in the mind of Jerry Buss, a coach that is part Riley (he was a reserve when he played) and Jackson (he played for Phil). The players, Curry, Durant, Thompson and company, have revolutionized the game, sinking three pointers as if they were lay-ups. It's their time. They are skilled, and there is luck to that combination.

This applies not just to sports. Any success needs all three, except, perhaps, when cheating or other nefariousness is added to the equation. In Radio, you need the skill of a programmer, a recipe of the right talent, the right promotions and songs that are hot now or have been long enough to be memorable. Timing, skill and luck. The nefariousness comes along when a corrupt programmer has a pal at the ratings company, and they collude. It's happened. It's dishonest success, as if a referee made an intentionally bad call, or a player shaved points. It's not control, because you could (and should) be caught and punished for it.

Think of any venue in life. Timing, skill and luck. It's Golden State's time, not the Lakers'. And that's the way it is, even if the theory is too simple for those charged with creating a story out of nothing more than that.

Dave Randall

Posted on April 14, 2019 23:38

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