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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Net Proceeds for Tsunami Victims

AP reports that several NBA players are donating to the Indian Ocean tsunami relief effort:

"Tracy McGrady, Kobe Bryant, Jermaine O'Neal and four other NBA players have promised to donate $1,000 for every point they score in a game later this week to help victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

"Bob Sura of the Houston Rockets, Jalen Rose of the Toronto Raptors and Pau Gasol and Mike Miller of the Memphis Grizzlies also are taking part in the $1,000-per-point donations, which will be made to UNICEF.

"'I first talked about it with Jermaine and Tracy right before New Year's. We talked about different ideas, and that's how it started,' said agent Arn Tellem, who said he will match the highest donation made by any of the players.

"On Tuesday night, the Washington Wizards sold 'Tsunami Relief Bands' for a minimum donation of $2, with all proceeds going to UNICEF. The Wizards wore the wristbands during their game against the New Jersey Nets.

"Bryant, McGrady, Miller, Sura, Rose and Gasol will base the size of their donations on the number of points they score in Friday night's games, while O'Neal will donate $1,000 for each point he scores Thursday night."

Yes, these are all wealthy men, of course, but $15-45,000 apiece will do much good. (O'Neal scored 55 points last night.) Plus, it is quite possible that at least some of the players will give more money later. There are quite a few very decent young men in that league.

The players involved are all clients of agent Arn Tellem, and it is expected that others around the league and with other representation will join the effort.

Read the full story here.

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