NBA TV Presents Toyota’s Tundra Turnaround
Posted May 1 2007 1:30PM
Chris Paul, Clyde Drexler, Elvin Hayes and Jermaine O’Neal Lead NBA Cares and Toyota Initiative to Refurbish Basketball Courts
NEW YORK, May 1, 2007 – Chris Paul of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets and 2007 All-Star Jermaine O’Neal of the Indiana Pacers, along with Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler and Elvin Hayes, will star in the new NBA TV four-part series, Toyota’s Tundra Turnaround, premiering Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. ET. The network will spotlight the efforts of these NBA stars and Legends as they lead a joint initiative by NBA Cares and Toyota to refurbish basketball courts around the country. NBA TV’s Andre Aldridge will narrate the series.
In the first episode, Paul demonstrates his affection for the Hornets’ adopted home of Oklahoma City by helping lead efforts to refurbish the gymnasium at Capitol Hill High School. After feeling the embrace of the city following Hurricane Katrina, which forced the team to leave New Orleans for Oklahoma City, the Hornets star teams up with Toyota for the restoration project. From meeting with Mayor Mick Cornett to receiving personal insights from local basketball legend and former NBA star Hub Reed, Paul reveals a bond to the city that will exist well after the Hornets’ return to New Orleans.
“It’s not just a court. It’s a sign of hope,” says Paul, who received the NBA’s Community Assist Award for September 2006 and has partnered with Toyota on multiple programs including NBA TV’s Toyota’s Moving Forward Moments and his Chris Paul Foundation.
After Paul dedicates the new court in Oklahoma City, he will pass the ball to O’Neal who will partner with Toyota to restore the basketball courts at the Wheeler-Dowe Boys & Girls Club in Indianapolis (Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m. ET). Drexler and Hayes will then return to Houston, where they starred for the Rockets and at the University of Houston, to refurbish the Delmar Fieldhouse (Monday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET). In the final episode, (Tuesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. ET), Paul will round out the series when he joins NBA Legend Bob Lanier for the refurbishment and dedication of a new court at Sarah T. Reed High School in New Orleans.
The Tundra Turnaround initiative, which was originally announced at NBA All-Star 2007 in Las Vegas, was created by Toyota to improve communities through basketball court refurbishments. Toyota has agreed to facilitate the project and provide resources, including the use of the all-new 2007 Toyota Tundra. The Tundra has played a starring role in the construction phase by hauling materials and delivering workers to each of the sites. The refurbishments are a continuation of Toyota’s efforts to provide the tools to improve the communities and lives of families in urban areas.
The indoor courts will be refurbished according to NBA standards and feature glass backboards and breakaway rims. Each city will stage a dedication ceremony to introduce the newly-finished courts, which will be featured in the series.