Players give up more than just their time

Eight stars went to Hawaii to Hickam Air Force Base and U.S. Army's Schofield Barracks

Updated: November 5, 2011, 3:17 AM ET
By Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine

A group of eight NBA players went to Hawaii last week and hefted real M16s in a simulated firefight, got up close with an array of makeshift bombs, heard the coordinates barked for a desert air raid and ran in a stuffy, dimly-lit gym or two with soldiers either just back from, or headed to, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Along the way, they showed that, despite the NBA lockout, the league still cares. Or at least some of its players do.

The eight players -- Derrick Rose, Al Horford, Brook ...

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