Whether or not Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic get another shot at Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals remains to be seen. Down 3-1 in their Eastern Conference Finals series after Monday's gutty win in Boston still puts those chances as a long shot.
Off the court, Howard, who has always been open about his Christian beliefs, drew some fire in the run-up to last year’s NBA Finals.
He profusely praised God after the Magic’s series clinching win over Cleveland, indicating there was a divine hand helping to push Orlando to the Eastern Conference championship. This GodTube video also illustrates Howard’s faith off the court – and a few on-the-court slams which have become a trademark.
Coming to the NBA straight out of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy in 2004, Howard has worked hard to become a well-rounded player. His chiseled physique is remarkable.
His faith is certainly admirable, but it brings up a well-worn question about how or if God influences sports outcomes as a form of testimony.