The latest in our ongoing series on American Heroes and Idols
By: Michael Beckman
Cross-Posted From: Tales from a tribble
As a big Rockets basketball fan, I was very excited along with the rest of Houston fans when the Rockets signed center Dwight Howard as a free agent in July of 2013. The Rockets had just signed the best center in the NBA to go along with another super star of the Rockets, James Harden. This dynamic duo would surely be fun to watch, and it has been. The Rockets are now one of the best teams in the NBA with a legitimate chance to fight for an NBA Championship. But more than just acquiring a great basketball player, our city of Houston has been blessed to have a great man join us.
That may be surprising to some because when Dwight decided to sign with the Rockets [especially over his previous team, the Lakers] there was a lot of negative talk that came out about Dwight. You could read comments on twitter that Dwight was a loser, he was selfish, he would be a negative on the team, and he didn’t care enough about winning. Those descriptions about Dwight could not be further from the truth. None of them apply to this gentleman. Dwight Howard is a winner, a team player and a big positive to the team, on and off the court.
There is one main reason that the last description of Dwight Howard, that he didn’t care enough about winning, came about. That is because before the game, during the game and after the game, you will always see Dwight with a smile on his face. Many basketball fans have taken that to mean he just doesn’t care. If only they knew the real reason Dwight always has a smile and a positive attitude, even in defeat. It has nothing to do with Dwight not caring about the game, as he hurts as much as anyone else on the team when they lose a game. It has to do with life itself.
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