Basketball continues to offer Bryant a unique, front-row view of many of the world’s major religions.

The Georgia native grew up in the Bible Belt before eventually playing college ball at the Church-sponsored university in Provo, Utah. Professionally, he has played in the Jewish nation-state of Israel and in Turkey, a Muslim nation.

As a Latter-day Saint, “I’ve tried to do my best to set a good example in each of these communities — while also learning from them.”

The Jewish weekly observance of Shabbat, for example, helps Bryant better appreciate and understand his own Sabbath Day traditions and observances. He is also inspired by the devotion of many of his Muslim friends during their sacred observance of Ramadan.

Bryant is spending much of the summer in Utah connecting with friends and operating his basketball camp. He loves spending the off-season doing “dad stuff” with his little boy, Blu. Soon, it’s back to Istanbul where he is contracted to play another year for Anadolu Efes.

“The journey continues, right?” he said. “But I know I’ll be somewhere serving the Lord playing basketball. That is the ultimate blessing.”