Outside of diastolic and systolic blood pressure, beats per minute, and electric activity, there is very little that is measurable within the heart.
At times the definition of heart will meander from its strict anatomical meaning. A classic example is found in sports lingo, where the mention of heart often evokes spiritual thoughts of courage, bravery, and irrepressible will.
This proverbial characteristic is neither taught nor is it measurable. An athlete, who prepares meticulously even when no one is watching, maintains focus in moments of boredom, goes beyond what is required, and attacks adversity with courage is a sign of the very definitions of determination and resolve.
At the University of Connecticut and the University of Kentucky, many athletes have historically possessed willpower. In recent memory, however, two players drove their teams to uncharted ground. One donned the number 15 on his back while the other graced the number 14. One was a small guard out of New York and the other a wiry forward hailing from New Jersey. Their names are Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The former went from a frenzied freshman, who buzzed up and down the court without much control, to a polished junior, leading his group of young Huskies to a national championship victory. The latter, who was accustomed to winning at every level, powered his young wildcat teammates to a familiar place of victory with his unrelenting motor.
Now both have found a home in the NBA playing for a man known to possess the greatest heart and willpower of all-time. That man, Michael Jordan, saw his level of grit and fortitude in Walker and Kidd-Gilchrist, and entrusted both to lift the Charlotte Bobcats from the valley to the mountaintop.
Kemba and Michael are no strangers to performing heavy tasks, and will seek to eradicate the stench of losing in the short history of the Charlotte Bobcats.
In their first game as teammates, both played a vital role in a stunning 90-89 victory over the Indiana Pacers, ending a 23 game losing streak. Kemba Walker, who scored a career-high 30 points, showed the confidence and tenacity that he displayed during his last year at UConn. Kidd-Gilchrist flashed signs of maturity beyond his years by making key defensive plays with hustle and focus, resembling his days at Kentucky.
For a franchise that is all too familiar to defeat, the future success is locked within the prodigious hearts of Kemba and Michael.
Written by Javeen Rob
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