Lockout Affecting NBA Charity Events?
If it’s late September, it must be charity-event time in the NBA. At least, it usually would be—players would be flocking back to their teams’ cities and the charitable foundations of their teammates would be humming with get-togethers and fund-raisers. But one of the consequences of the league’s lockout has been a reduction in those kinds of events.
As one agent said, “There isn’t as much of an appetite for that right now. There’s too much uncertainty, you can’t work with the team to help with arrangements, the costs of bringing in players from all over are prohibitive, and most guys want to hunker down until they see how things play out.”
On Saturday in Orlando, Magic guard Chris Duhon will host a charity bowling event to benefit Families in Transition, with proceeds going to homeless children in the Orlando area. Two of his teammates—J.J. Redick and Quentin Richardson—will definitely be in attendance, Duhon said. But in a normal September, much of the team would show up