MONDAY, NOV. 17 -- Fifteen top NBA stars, WNBA players and NBA legends have teamed up with America’s favorite game show, Wheel of Fortune, to raise more than $300,000 for a variety of charities during Wheel of Fortune's “NBA Week” airing November 17-21 in national syndication (check local listings for station and time). The shows were taped in September at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White will cheer on the 15 players who each will be partnered with a fan from their team’s city. Three different player/contestant teams will be featured each night beginning Monday, November 17, through Friday, November 21. The fan will be playing for cash and one-of-a-kind NBA-themed prizes and the NBA and WNBA stars will be playing for their favorite charities.

Wheel of Fortune’s "NBA Week" player appearance schedule, charity information, and available prizes

NBA.com talked to a few of the participants about what the "Wheel" means to them. Here's what they had to say:



BILL WALTON
How do you think you're going to do in this competition?
"I can no longer play. I am broke down. This body is an absolute wreck. But now, I can spin the wheel. I live for Wheel of Fortune. I never miss a show. Vanna and Pat are close, personal friends of mine. I study, I have done all kinds of research. My mom is a librarian. I was an Academic All-American at UCLA. I'm in the Academic All-American Hall of Fame. This is going to be a slam-dunk competition. Amare Stoudemire, Brad Miller, Allan Houston, Michael Finley, James Worthy, Dr. J, all the ladies of the WNBA -- they have no chance. We have cashed our check already for the NBA Retired Players Association. This is our chance to give back to those who helped give us the greatest life ever."

ALLAN HOUSTON
What do you think about Bill Walton's boasting?
"He's doing all that talking, and the retired players association isn't going to get anything out of it."

SUE BIRD
Do you watch Wheel of Fortune?
"Yeah, I watch the show. Since I was a little kid, I can remember watching it. I never thought I'd be on it, though."
What's your favorite letter?
"Um ... S. For Sue, Seattle ... Storm."

TERESA WEATHERSPOON
What's the biggest surprise about the wheel itself?
"The biggest surprise for me was that the wheel was smaller than I thought, and it's a little heavier than I thought. Someone who really knows the game gave me some tricks and hints. But I can't tell you who that is."

DEREK FISHER
What's the biggest surprise about the wheel itself?
"Everything is smaller than you think it's going to be. It's pretty heavy, though. I watched it a lot growing up. I haven't watched it much recently. But I was a fan growing up. Now that I've made it to Wheel of Fortune, I'm big time."

PAUL PIERCE
Are you a fan of Wheel of Fortune?
"Yeah, I'm a fan of the show. Since I was a little kid, my mom would always watch it."

AMARE STOUDEMIRE
Did you enjoy playing?
"It's pretty fun. I grew up watching Wheel of Fortune. Not like, every day, but I used to check it out. It's kind of different (playing live), but it's cool."

MALIK ROSE
Are you a big fan of Wheel of Fortune?
"I used to watch the show with my grandmother, but I haven't watched it too much as of late."