Friday, January 22, 2010
Clinton teams with NBA players
ESPN.com news services
NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol was one of 10 NBA players donating $1,000 for every point he scored Friday night to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
The players taking part, all clients of the Wasserman Media Group, included Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose, Atlanta All-Star Joe Johnson, rookie Tyreke Evans and Spencer Hawes of Sacramento, Wizards players Antawn Jamison and Mike Miller, Pacers guard Mike Dunleavy Jr, Celtics center Kendrick Perkins and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.
A total of 47 players from the agency planned to donate a minimum of $500,000 to the fund. Former President Bill Clinton spoke at Friday night's Lakers-Knicks game, where he announced the program at halftime during an ESPN interview.
"[The situation in Haiti] is awful," said Clinton, who has traveled to country since the earthquake. "There is no way to put a nice spin on it. But I have confidence the people of Haiti that they can get through this.
"I think their spirit is great."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.