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Over the past 12 NBA seasons, few players have been more dominant inside the paint than the Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard.

The eight-time All-Star entered the league as the first overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft fresh out of high school.

“Coming into the league you had a mission,” says CBN Sports‘ Shawn Brown. “What was the mission?”

“My mission was to preach God’s Word, you know, in the NBA,” says Dwight. “Use the NBA as a platform for God. And when I’m on the floor, you know, let people see, you know, the God in me.”

But for a 19-year-old entering the NBA, Dwight says it was a daily struggle to stay focused on God.

“There (were) times where it was very overwhelming. Where it’s like, man, this is so much. Everything is at my disposal, you know, all I got to do is just go reach and it’s mine.”

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