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Haiti update: Olden Polynice's father OK

By J.A. Adande

A bit of good news from Haiti for Olden Polynice, a Port-Au-Prince native who played in the NBA from 1987 to 2004 and whose father moved back there from New York.

“Just got word that my dad’s okay,” Polynice said. “He called a family member in New York.”

Polynice is awaiting news about his aunts, uncles and cousins after the huge earthquake caused widespread destruction and potentially hundreds of thousands of deaths.

“Keep everybody in your prayers,” Polynice said.

Polynice was attending a funeral on Tuesday afternoon, then stopped by the gravesite of his girlfriend’s father. The first name on the tombstone was the same as his father’s: Lester. About a half hour later, Polynice received a text asking him if he had heard about the earthquake in Haiti. He had to live with that ominous sign until getting the positive news on Wednesday. The irony of the situation: Polynice’s father moved back to Haiti after becoming disturbed by the Sept. 11 attacks in New York. Polynice hopes to put together a benefit concert to help the victims of the earthquake