HOUSTON Sept. 11, 2005 --
With 30 NBA players in attendance, including a surprise late-game visit by a Grammy-winning producer and rapper, the NBA Players Hurricane Relief Game in Houston on Sunday,organized by former Rocket and current TNT analyst Kenny Smith was a rousing success. (Read more about the day's activities
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Sept. 7, 2005 -- TNT basketball analyst and former two-time NBA champion with the Houston Rockets Kenny Smith will host the NBA Players Hurricane Relief Game, to help aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The game will be held Sunday, September 11th at 6 p.m. ET (5 p.m. CT) from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, and will be televised on TNT at 11 p.m. (10 p.m. CT). Players participating in the game will donate over $1 million to hurricane victims. Throughout the telecast public service announcements will be made encouraging fans to support the relief efforts through donations to the Red Cross via redcross.org, or by calling the Red Cross help line at 1-800-HELP-NOW.
See video of Kenny Smith calling on NBA stars for assistance ).
“The game is a show of our support and solidarity for those affected by this natural disaster,” said Kenny Smith. “As professional athletes we’ve been very privileged. These are the types of communities where we come from and this is one way we can help take care of our own.”
Prior to the game on Sunday, players will distribute truckloads of their donated goods and supplies to shelters throughout the Houston area. Items will include food, clothing, water, toiletries and other basic necessities.
TNT’s broadcast team will include analysts Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley, host/play-by-play Ernie Johnson and sideline reporter Craig Sager. Tickets are available for purchase, with all proceeds being donated to charity, for $300 (includes floor seats and player meet/greet) $25, $15 and $10 (see attached ticket information). Special ticket arrangements will be made for Hurricane Katrina victims.
Kenny Smith, on the set of Inside the NBA with Magic Johnson, Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley, hosts Sunday's contest to help aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
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NBA players scheduled to participate include:*
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers|
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jermaine O’Neal, Indiana Pacers
Stephon Marbury, New York Knicks
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns
Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
Alonzo Mourning, Miami Heat
Antonio McDyess, Detroit Pistons
Steve Francis, Orlando Magic|
Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers
Sam Cassell, Los Angeles Clippers
Ron Artest, Indiana Pacers
Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons
J.R. Smith, New Orleans Hornets
Dahntay Jones, Memphis Grizzlies
Mike James, Houston Rockets
Lindsey Hunter, Detroit Pistons
Derek Anderson, Houston Rockets
Carlos Boozer, Utah Jazz
*Participants subject to change.