NBA and NBPA donate 1M to relief efforts

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2016, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to reporters during a news conference, in New York. An NBA delegation, led by Silver, is in Israel as part of "Basketball Without Borders," a program that hosts training camps for top teenage players throughout the world. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
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The sports community is doing as much as it can to help in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the tropical cyclone greatly impacting the southeastern Texas area. On Tuesday, the NBA and NBPA joined that movement.

“Our thoughts are with the city of Houston and all those affected by flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The NBA and NBPA have jointly committed to donate $1 million to organizations including the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, American Red Cross, and other non-profit groups working in the Greater Houston area to bring relief to those impacted.”

Specifically causing detriment to the city of Houston, Rockets owner Leslie Alexander offered a $10 million donation.

“Out hearts are heavy seeing the devastation that so many of our friends, family and neighbors are experiencing, the Rockets said in a statement. “Leslie Alexander has contributed $4 million to Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund in an effort to help Clutch City come back stronger than ever. Please stay safe, Houston.”

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has been a one-man wrecking crew in piling up money for the relief efforts. He’s incrementally one-upping himself in his fundraiser, with his new goal set at $3 million. A portion of that came from Rockets guard Chris Paul, who ponied up $500,000 of his own money to help the fund. Another organization in the NBA to help out was the Indiana Pacers, who, along with the Indiana Fever and Pacers Sports and Entertainment, offered up a $20,000 pledge.

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