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Thursday, November 1, 2012
NBA, NBAPA donate $1M for relief efforts

By Ian Begley

Good gesture by the NBA and NBA Players Association.

The league and its players association are teaming up to help out those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The entities announced Thursday that they'd donated $1 million to the Red Cross and other organizations, including The Salvation Army, New York Cares and Jersey Cares, that have assisted those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

"Many homes and lives were devastated by Hurricane Sandy and our thoughts, abiding concerns and hopes are with all those affected," NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement released by the league. "The NBA, the NBPA, our teams, and players are partnering with the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations to support the relief efforts to help families and communities recover."

“The immeasurable damage and heartbreaking impact of this latest natural disaster continues to shock all of us,” NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter said in a statement. “The NBPA and its members will assist ongoing relief efforts by partnering with the Salvation Army along with other organizations as part of a long term commitment to help those in need.”

Hurricane Sandy has caused devastation throughout the Tri-State area. Homes have been destroyed and power has been lost throughout the area. The public transportation system in New York and its surrounding areas has been decimated.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the NBA agreed on Wednesday to cancel the Knicks-Nets game, scheduled for Thursday in Brooklyn. The Knicks are scheduled to open the season against the Miami Heat on Friday night.

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