Now, to a better article that gives us Laker fans a hope that “Java” isn’t another wasted draft pick.
Press Enterprise: His Christian faith has empowered him, and he’s thankful for the many blessings he has received in his 19 years.
Javaris Crittenton has relied on his faith to guide him in his life, and now that he’s received his latest blessing — being drafted by the Lakers last month — he will rely on it in finding his way in the NBA.
The Lakers have seen the maturity of Crittenton while he has played for them here in the NBA summer league. They like his size (6-foot-3) and ability, and they love his work ethic.
Now, with the Lakers’ faith in him and his faith in the path that he’s on, Crittenton is poised to make his mark in the NBA.
Crittenton first encountered the belief he now holds, that God is “my Lord and savior,” at 15 while attending Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy.
At first, he said, he resisted. He only had attended public schools, and the Christian school’s environment was foreign to him.
However, his best friend from AAU basketball, Dwight Howard, who became the top pick in the 2004 draft and has become an All-Star with Orlando, had gone to the school and told stories about how it helped mold him. That helped convince Crittenton to attend, though he still wanted to go to public school.