I know that the many who-cares-about-sports people in my hometown of Santa Cruz don’t get sports. For me sports can bring about those transcendent moments when an individual, and more often a team, come together against great odds and something magical happens: an amazing moment, a championship, a gold medal, a world cup. Last night it was a pleasure watching the Golden State Warriors win the NBA championship. It was magical because after 40 years of drought the Warriors took the ultimate prize and it was magical because they took the prize with a group of great guys who played together as a team – most of whom love Jesus. To my knowledge Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Igoudala, Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson and Festus Ezeli are all devout followers of Jesus. It’s pretty cool to watch good men, with truly humble hearts, take the trophy.
One of my favorite moments last night was when Andre Igoudala was given the championship series MVP trophy. On national TV, with millions watching, Andre said, “First of all, God is great. God is great. I want to thank all the chaplains across the NBA for helping us out every single night.” Check out the video. I’ve never heard that – ever. It makes me happy for the chaplains who quietly minister to the professional athletes who face a whole set of issues most do not understand. Here’s to the chaplains, and pastors, and missionaries – the humble servants of God who quietly serve and help others achieve their God-given potential. In a way, Andre Igoudala – NBA finals MVP – shares his MVP trophy with you today!