Dwight Howard Brings Christian Faith to Orlando Magic

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.

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