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Thursday, February 15, 2007

You can't pick your team, Tim Hardaway

Wake up Tim Hardaway! In the workplace, you can't pick your team. When asked on the radio how he would deal with a gay teammate, former Miami Heat star Tim Hardaway said yesterday, "First of all, I wouldn't want him on my team. Second of all, if he was on my team, I'd really distance myself from him...I'd ask to be traded....I'd let it be known, I don't like gay people''
Well guess what Tim Hardaway? In business, you don't get to pick your teammates and basketball is business. Today, every business in our country must compete in a global economy. Basketball is no different from any other workplace, large or small. Teamwork is critical today and bosses must assemble the best team. And Mr. Hardaway, most of us need to work for a living and that means we must play with others regardless of what goes on in their personal lives.
If you were to get traded, Mr. Hardaway, you would be part of another team and chances are high that someone on that team would be gay or maybe they would be someone who sleeps around. Do you like people who sleep around? Well, if you don't, too bad. They're on your team and you can't control what they do in their personal lives. That's what the workplace is today, Mr. Hardaway. It's a melting pot of people who must play as a team, and play well, regardless of what lifestyle anyone leads in their off hours. Welcome to the global economy, Mr. Hardaway.
Until now, Mr.Hardaway you had been making public appearances for the NBA. Of course, when the NBA learned of your comments, they removed you from further appearances. Wake up, Mr. Hardaway. In business, this is how the game is played.

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