The Next Lebron Might Serve a Mormon MissionBy: Mormon Heretic
Lebron James and the Miami Heat finally won an NBA Championship a few weeks ago. James jumped straight from high school to become an NBA star. So who might be the next Lebron James? It could be a Mormon named Jabari Parker, a 17-year old junior in Chicago. Sports Illustrated recently featured him on their cover, and has discussed his choice to serve a mission, as well as other high-profile athletes that have/have not served missions. Jabari says there is more to his life than basketball: his faith is very important to him.
Notable Athletes who Served a mission
- Shawn Bradley -12 year NBA Career
- Chad Lewis – 9 year NFL Career
- Austin Collie – currently plays for Indianapolis Colts
Notable Athletes who did not serve
- Steve Young – NFL Hall of Famer
- Danny Ainge – NBA great
- Jimmer Fredette – rookie with Sacramento Kings
Judging from the two lists, athletes who did not serve have had better pro careers. Do you have any advice for Jabari? On top of the poll on Saturday, do you think Jabari should follow Bishop Ainge and not serve a mission?