Orlando arena workers turn to non-profit for help during lockout

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You can make the economic case that the money not spent in Orlando on Magic games starting this week will still find it’s way into the economy. No doubt that is right on a macro level. Basketball tickets are discretionary income and if you’re not spending the money on tickets your spending it on movies or dinners or a trip to DisneyWorld.

But just as equally certain, some arena workers are feeling the pinch.

There are about 1,000 game night workers at the Amway Center and some have reached out to a local food center for help, reports the Orlando Sentinel (via Eye on Basketball).

(Community Food & Outreach Center director, pastor Scott) George estimated that between 40 and 75 game-night workers have used the Community Food & Outreach Center’s services over the last few weeks. He said he’s unsure of the exact number because some game-night workers are afraid that if they say something, they might not be able to go back to their jobs when the lockout ends.

It makes a nice story to show how the lockout where millionaires and billionaires argue hurts the people who can least afford the pain. And there is some truth to it.

Like the lockout itself, the story is more complex than that. But certainly, there are people in that food store hurting, and plenty who are not who still feel the pain of no NBA basketball.

What’s most important is that there are good programs like the Community Food & Outreach Center who can help those people out.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.