Allah’s NBA Finals

The Orlando Magic will win the NBA Finals, primarily because Hedo Turkoglu, one of their best players, is a Muslim. Sounds surprising? A look at past history clearly demonstrates that Allah makes a point of helping teams with Muslim players in the NBA Finals.

Since 1980, of the twenty-nine teams that have won the NBA Finals, at least twenty of them have had a Muslim player, around seventy percent of total champions. In addition, the Muslim player on the roster was often the team’s MVP.

The trend started with the Showtime Los Angeles Lakers, who boasted the All Star skills of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one of the NBA’s best centers. Abdul-Jabbar and the Lakers won five NBA Championships in the 1980’s, with Abdul-Jabbar taking home team MVP honors in 1985.

As matter of fact, one could argue that Los Angeles cannot win an NBA championship without a Muslim player, as the Lakers had to wait until 2000 to win their next championship, with Shaquille O’Neal leading them to three straight championships, winning MVP honors each time – of course, Shaquille O’Neal, as noted by the Los Angeles Times, identifies as a Muslim.

Fortunes would turn sour for Los Angeles, as they have yet to win a championship since trading O’Neal. As history notes, O’Neal went on to star for the Miami Heat, where he won the championship again in 2006, intoning the continuing trend of Muslim-led teams winning the Finals.

However, Muslims have had a large presence outside of the Lakers. The Houston Rockets claimed two championships in the 1990’s, led by Hakeem Olajuwon, All Star center and NBA Finals MVP during both championship runs.

The most recent champions, the Boston Celtics, greatly won on the energetic efforts of point guard Rajon Rondo, a Muslim according to Wiki websites. The Detroit Pistons, the 2004 champion, won behind the efforts of Rasheed Wallace and Mehmet Okur, both Muslims. And the team that dethroned the Pistons to win the 2005 championship was the San Antonio Spurs, who claimed Nazr Mohammed as a key player.

One special note would be the Chicago Bulls, who won six championships in the 1990’s. Although the Bulls never had a practicing Muslim on their roster at the time, it is noted on many websites that two leading players on their teams, Scottie Pippen and Craig Hodges, are practicing Muslims today. Clearly, Allah has a policy of rewarding teams that are pre-destined to have Muslim players.

Getting back to the main point – Hedo Turkoglu is the second best player on the Orlando Magic, behind only Dwight Howard, and if history serves correct, the presence of his Muslimness on the Orlando Magic roster clearly makes the Magic the favorite to win the 2009 NBA Finals.

And sadly, for the Lakers, one might say that it is impossible for their team to win without a Muslim player, based on the contributions of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal. So what does this all mean?

Kobe Bryant – there’s still time to become my Muslim brother.

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About Muhammad Ali Hasan

Muhammad Ali Hasan is a political commentator/writer, filmmaker, and activist. Hasan is the Co-Founder of Muslims For America, a think-tank organization that specializes in policy proposals that address solutions towards building peace between America and the Muslim World, with the help of a nationwide membership that welcomes Muslims and Non-Muslims. Muslims For America evolved from Muslims For Bush, an organization that Hasan co-founded in 2004. Hasan currently serves as a guest political commentator for Fox News, MSNBC, GEO-TV, and BBC Radio of England, in addition to being a former regular guest on CNBC’s The Dennis Miller Show and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. Hasan’s political writings have been published in BeliefNet and the Washington Review of Middle Eastern Affairs, in addition to writing regularly for Naseeb.com and MuslimWakeup.com. As a filmmaker, Hasan was recognized as an Emerging Filmmaker of 2007 by Panavision for his directing work on short film, Rabia. Hasan was also named a Coca Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Finalist of 2006, part of Coca Cola’s nationwide filmmaking competition. In 2006, Hasan opened his short film production company, Rabia LLC, boasting sponsorships from Eastman-Kodak, Color By Deluxe, and Panavision. Hasan is proud of his work as a political activist, especially in building bridges between American Muslims and the Republican Party. Through filmmaking and writing, Hasan hopes to create greater peace between all, as the War On Terror continues. Past activities for Hasan also include serving as a tyro teacher public school teacher in Los Angeles, where he was a candidate for a Masters in Teaching. Hasan worked extensively as an environmental scientist, in college, under the direction of Dr Jim Sadd, where the group used Geographic Information Systems analysis to study social justice issues within environmental science. Hasan will soon be basing himself in Colorado, where he has opened Sangre De Cristo Capital LLC, a land development company. Hasan is looking to get more involved, politically, from his base in Colorado as he continues his efforts in political commentating and filmmaking.

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