Humbling Moments That Turned Around the Careers of NBA Superstars

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Humbling Moments That Turned Around the Careers of NBA Superstars
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Lots of Vitamin Water to wash away the shame of the Decision

"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."
- Proverbs 16:18

"Pride and excess bring disaster for man."
- Xun Zi

"I know you'd like to thank your [stuff] don't stank, but lean a little bit closer, see that roses really smell like poo."
- Andre 3000

Every man and woman could learn from these words. NBA players are no exception, especially some of the superstars. Not every single one has had moments of searing humility. And those that have had it, didn't necessarily learn a lick from the experience. But several of them have felt the singe of failure and have realized valuable lessons.

From these ashes of failure often rises a stronger player, a wiser person. There comes a true appreciation for what makes their own abilities special. Gratitude is found for the coaches and teammates who've helped all along, even if the star never truly noticed. This full realization of what it takes for greatness creates total fulfillment.

There's a reason Bill Russell was at a total loss for words when he won his 11th and final title in 1969. His Celtics were battered, bruised and beaten. Forsaken and forgotten. Yet, they triumphed through their individual and collective tribulations. The following players have all experienced moments of doubt that create moments of pure, sometimes wordless, joy.

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