Lakers' Gasol nets S$28,022 for Haiti victims
Sat, Jan 23, 2010

NEW YORK - Generosity seems to be the keyword whenever the Los Angeles Lakers come into Madison Square Garden.

Kobe Bryant helped himself an arena-record 61 points in his last trip to the New York Knicks' home but this time it was Pau Gasol's turn to share the love.

Gasol was one of 10 National Basketball Association players that donated US$1,000 to the quake victims in Haiti for every point they scored on Friday night.

Gasol, who finished with 20 points in the Lakers' 115-105 win, means he will donate US$20,000 to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

"I think it is important to be able to contribute," Gasol said. "There are so many tragedies going on in the world and we have got to acknowledge how lucky we are. So we decided to do that with the Clinton foundation."

The other players taking part comprise 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 centre Kendrick Perkins and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. All the players are clients of the Wasserman Media Group.

Speaking at halftime of the Lakers game, former president Bill Clinton lauded the NBA players.

"[The situation in Haiti] is awful," said Clinton in announcing the program. "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 10 players in action Friday will combine with 37 other Wasserman NBA clients to donate a minimum of US$500,000 to the fund.


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