Monday, June 12, 2006

Miami Heat Co-Owner Sics God on Dallas

When it comes to the NBA, my team preferences begin with the Houston Rockets, followed by a tie between San Antonio and Dallas. I used to prefer the Mavericks to the Spurs, but all these years of being 78 miles from San Antonio are starting to sink in.

That said, I was quite glad to see the once-lowly Mavs beat the Phoenix Suns, but no more revved up by seeing them in the NBA Finals than seeing the Spurs there last year. Then I read that Miami Heat co-owner Raanan Katz is telling Israelis to go to the Wailing Wall and pray for the Heat.

“God can always help; we need him on our side against Dallas," Katz told Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth . "Every Israeli must support us; they must go the Western Wall and pray for us. Miami Heat is no less Israeli than Maccabi (Tel Aviv's b-ball franchise, also co-owned by Katz). This is also a group with Israeli ownership in which many Americans play."

I can understand praying for athletes not to be injured, but it takes a truly vainglorious prick to exhort the faithful to pray for victory in a sporting contest.

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