By Jeff Sheppard
As a promising highschool basketball participant in Georgia, Jeff Sheppard was once at first ignored by way of Kentucky basketball trainer Rick Pitino, who was once searching for hardworking gamers to guide the Wildcats again to the pinnacle of the varsity basketball global. yet destiny finally introduced them jointly and the remaining grew to become heritage, with the Wildcats successful a couple of nationwide championships. center of a Champion is the tale of a tender ballplayer who would not surrender and whose exertions earned him MVP honors within the 1998 ultimate 4 as he led his Kentucky teammates in a single of the main memorable comeback tales in collage basketball background.
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Not in a negative way, but in a positive, uplifting way. " A lot of players in that situation would hang thee heads and let the negative feelings take over. That, of course, is a recipe for disaster. We didn't let it happen. In fact, we did the exact opposite. We turned the rebounding negative into a rallying cry. We were down 10 points, we'd been killed on the boards, and we'd generally played far below our capabilities. " Of course, it wasn't quite that simple. There were other things we needed to do if we hoped to turn things around.
What a list of great basketball players! Bill Walton, Jack Givens, Glen Rice, just to name a few. And to know that my name will always be on that list does give me a wonderful feeling. But the important thing is that we won. Basketball is a team game, and our team won. The fact that I was named MOP is just icing on the cake. Standing there in the middle of the celebration, waiting for the post-game ceremonies to begin, I was suddenly flooded by a whole range of emotions. There was joy, pride, a sense of accomplishment at what my teammates and I had done.
Arguments happen all the time. But I felt that it was my responsibility to control that and to not let it affect the team. I'll always be proud to have been a part of this championship team. I'm even more proud to have been one of the captains, one of the true team leaders. That makes it even more special for me. Page 44 Chapter 4 Living with Fast Eddie When you win three games by 66 points, like we did in the SEC Tournament, you'd figure everything was going to be all roses. It wasn't. In fact, it was an extremely difficult and emotionally trying time for all of us.