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NBA players are donating money amid the coronavirus

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NBA players are donating money amid the coronavirus

As the bright lights of professional sports go dark across the United States this week, some top names from the NBA players were pitching in to ease the burden for arena and stadium staff facing the grim possibility of weeks without pay in the coronavirus shutdown.

The basketball league announced Wednesday (Mar 11) that it was indefinitely suspending its season in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, upending daily life for thousands of concession employees, ushers and custodians who rely on games for a pay-check.

NBA Players Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love announced he was donating US$100,000 (S$142,000) to his team’s arena support staff and called on others to make similar gestures.

New Orleans Pelicans star rookie Zion Williamson said on Instagram that he would cover salaries for all workers at the Smoothie King Center for 30 days.

Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, one of the top scorers in the league, said on Friday that he and his family planned to donate US$100,000 to staff members at the Fiserv Forum.

“It’s bigger than basketball!” Antetokounmpo wrote on Twitter. “I want to help the people that make my life, my family’s lives and my team-mates lives easier.”

The Golden State Warriors announced Friday (Mar 13)  that the franchise’s owners, players and coaches will contribute US$1 million to disaster relief fund for Chase Center employees.

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