Before battling it out on the basketball court during the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers prayed together Monday night.
One hour before the game began, Warriors chaplain, the Rev. Earl Smith, made himself available to both teams in a room where they could temporarily forget about basketball and focus on their faith.
“We don’t even think about basketball,” Smith told the Mercury News. “Our talks are life talks. It’s just a break to calm their inner selves down.”
The first come, first serve seating allows for people from both teams to integrate for a moment to focus on God. The players dictated the topics they wanted to pray about, with one member of the Warriors even joking about praying for the Cavs’ humility.
“It was a great time,” Smith said. “There was a sense in that moment that ‘OK, we can relax and be together. …’It’s the one accepted time that you can just get together and share the experience of a relationship with Christ.”
Instead of praying for a win, both teams pray “for good health and the ability to do what we do best,” according to Smith.
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