There are a lot of misconceptions that come along with being a professional athlete; you become a target for so many negative things. It can throw you off your game, not only on the court, but off the court as well. You need to something to keep you grounded and help you balance it all. [My faith in Jesus Christ] is something I heavily lean on to give me that balance. I make sure to go to Chapel; I have a really good relationship with our team chaplain and this keeps me really focused.
We talk about being salt. In the old times the Bible talks about how dependent everyone was on salt — it kept their food from spoiling. We need to be salt for God. We have to be flavorful salt. We can’t become tainted.
We’re just trying to be flavorful salt. When people see us on the court, we want them to see God’s work. We want to be a good representation of what we believe in. When you go out there, you’re not just representing your country, you’re not just representing the NBA, you’re also representing your beliefs. You want to play hard.
I grew up in the Church with my grandmother. From a young age I was in Church, but as I got older and was busy with basketball and other activities, I kind of got out of it for a while. I would only go once in a while. But as I got to college, it picked up for me a little bit. When I got to the NBA I had pretty good teammates who would go to chapel before each game and that really helped me get back on track.
— Andre Iguodala, NBA player