ATLANTA - MAY 10: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic smiles as he removes his shoes after their 98-84 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 10, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
If I'm going to make a post showing hardhat-clad Dwight Howard mugging with a urinal, it wouldn't make much sense for me to ignore a story about the Orlando Magic center granting a dying woman's wish with a two-hour visit at her home. The story's gotten a lot of play in the last few days--here it is at Ball Don't Lie, for example, while OPP user AB's triple double posted it in a FanShot--so you may have seen it already, but I don't see the harm in highlighting it again.
I don't presume to know Howard personally--we've chatted a few times in a professional capacity--so I can't and won't argue that this gesture proves he's somehow enlightened or superior to mere mortals; using Kevin Durant as an example, Tommy Craggs recently wrote about the perils of the media lionizing athletes in this essential piece at Slate. But I will say that it's difficult for general NBA fans, or even just general human beings not to feel a bit better about Howard after reading about his generosity here.