How NBA Players Around the League Are Giving Back This Thanksgiving

Brooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks, USA - 04 Dec 2017 Jarrett Allen, Ersan Ilyasova and Luke Babbitt 4 Dec 2017
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It’s the time of year to give thanks. With Thanksgiving here, NBA stars around the league are doing their part to give back to the community and help people celebrate the holiday.

Throughout the league, players have taken part in NBA Cares Season of Giving events, doing a wide range of things, including turkey drives, dinners and shopping sprees, among others.

Ahead of the games Wednesday night on ESPN between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers against the New Orleans Pelicans, here’s how some of the players are giving back for the holidays, courtesy of the NBA:


  • Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen hosted his third annual Meals + Math Thanksgiving event where he provided Thanksgiving groceries to 25 local children and their families, giving each child a sample grocery list, calculator and budget of $100 to spend on Thanksgiving essentials while teaching them math and budgeting. (Nov. 19)

  • Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker explains why it’s important to remember others during the Season of Giving.

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  • L.A. Lakers players Quinn Cook and Dwight Howard began the team’s Season of Giving with a Thanksgiving Feast for more than 250 deserving community members who gathered for a night of festivities, including carnival games and a meal from Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ. (Nov. 16)

  • New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday provided Thanksgiving meals and fun for 75 families in need from the Kingsley House in New Orleans. (Nov. 18)

Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets, USA - 19 Apr 2017 Steven Adams and James Harden 19 Apr 2017
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Here’s a look at how some other players are giving back for Thanksgiving, courtesy of the NBA:

  • Houston’s Russell Westbrook served dinner to more than 800 families in need in his hometown of L.A. at his Why Not? Foundation’s 8th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. (Nov. 21)

  • Steven Adams and OKC’s full team held a Thanksgiving Carnival, serving a traditional lunch and participating in Thanksgiving-themed activities at Positive Tomorrows, OKC’s school for homeless children. (Nov. 14)

  • Jimmy Butler and the entire Miami Heat team served more than 600 turkey baskets and 450 hot meals at their Thanksgiving Celebration at the Miami Rescue Mission. (Nov. 20)

  • Victor Oladipo served meals at the Pacers’ annual “Come to our House” Thanksgiving dinner. (Nov. 20)

  • Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine hosted a turkey drive, giving away more than 500 turkeys and sides. (Nov. 21)

  • The Memphis Grizzlies sorted and prepared more than 800 boxes of nonperishable food and necessities like toothpaste, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies ahead of the holiday. (Nov. 21)

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