A handful of professional basketball players are going to spin
the Wheel of Fortune to raise money for victims of Hurricane
Carmelo Anthony of Denver, Ray Allen of Seattle, Baron Davis of
Golden State and Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers are among 15
NBA and WNBA players teaming up with the television game show
"Wheel of Fortune." The players will tape shows Thursday for the
game show's NBA week, airing Oct. 31-Nov. 4.
Each player will be partnered with a fan from their team's city,
and the fans will play for cash and NBA-themed prizes.
The players will compete for their favorite charities and for
the Red Cross, with a minimum of $100,000 of their winnings going
to help Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
The contestant from the team with the week's highest total
winnings will win a trip to the 2006 NBA All-Star game in Houston.
Other NBA stars scheduled to play are: Amare Stoudemire of
Phoenix, Richard Hamilton of Detroit, Mike Bibby of Sacramento,
Emeka Okafor of Charlotte, Ben Gordon of Chicago, Robert Horry of
San Antonio, Richard Jefferson of New Jersey, and Bobby Simmons of
Becky Hammon of the New York Liberty will represent the WNBA.
Also playing will be NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton and former
NBA player Kenny Smith.
The NBPA and WNBPA are joining with "Feed the Children" in "Operation Rebound," a relief effort to provide food and assistance to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Thursday, more than a dozen NBA and WNBA players will take part in a caravan of 20 tractor trailers full of supplies that will depart Jackson, Mississippi and make deliveries to Hattiesburg, Biloxi and Gulfport.