Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Surprising religion mention in ESPN story about NBA trade value

In Bill Simmons' annual column on the trade value of NBA stars, Dwight Howard comes in at No. 2, "completely and utterly untouchable," right behind LeBron James. Makes sense. The Magic center is a physical freak who has two 30-20 games already this year. But here is a quality you don't often hear mentioned in trade talks:
One other bonus with Howard that nobody mentions: Because he's a devout Christian, even when he turns 35 in 2020, those will be Christian years -- he won't have any of that smoking-drinking-partying mileage on him, which means he could play at a high level until his early-40s (much like how Kurt Warner keeps chugging along at age 36).

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