As Sun Tzu taught in "The Art of War", knowledge of one's enemy is vital to one's success. But while many of the Association's superstars are intimately familiar with their respective rivals, defeating said opponents is something of an arduous task.
It's clear that the NBA's aristocracy faces a greater set of challenges than the typical NBA player. Somehow, that seems fitting since they've all proven themselves to be head-and-shoulders above their peers.
Those on the precipice of greatness (Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love, among others) can learn a thing or two about adversity from the league's ruling class. At the very least, it will make them more aware of what to watch for as they continue their maturation process.
Of course, there is the standard set of obstacles that one must overcome. Every player in the NBA—elite or otherwise—has to deal with 29 other teams on the path to winning a championship. The journey is exceedingly more difficult for the league's best talents, all of whom endure an enormous amount of scrutiny every time that they step onto the court.
That white-hot spotlight isn't always their primary concern, however. And while opposing players and external forces are typically their chief rivals, for many stars, Lit's late-'90s song "My Own Worst Enemy" would serve as the perfect anthem.