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ANDREW LANG: Reaching even higher now than in his playing days.
* ANDREW LANG, CHAPLAIN TO THE HAWKS
: Remember Andrew Lang
, the former Razorback basketball player from Pine Bluff who spent 12 years in the NBA and was known for his defensive work? He's now a preacher who serves as team chaplain to the Atlanta Hawks. This feature in the New York Times
presents a warm portrait of Lang, 48, as a quiet and gentle man who became a licensed minister while playing ball. Lang is featured in an article delving into the pros and cons of "chapel" in the locker room. Some coaches aren't friendly; there are questions about the motives of some preachers. Lang seems to stand apart. One critic in 2001 was Jeff Van Gundy, the Knicks coach when Lang played.
Lang remembered Van Gundy’s comments and said he respected Van Gundy’s position. But he pointed out that he and the teammates who attended chapel then — like Allan Houston, Kurt Thomas and Charlie Ward — avoided problems off the court.
“What makes one man cringe makes another man strong,” Lang said.