Jason Terry doesn’t need a Dallas Mavericks championship ring. If he ever wants to be reminded of the title he was key to winning, he can just look at his right bicep.
So Terry is going to take his ring and raffle it off for charity, reports the Star-Telegram. Sort of. He’s ordered a second ring so he can keep one and auction off another.
Terry said all proceeds from the raffle will go to his foundation and will be used to help his youth girls’ basketball team – the Lady Jets – travel later this year to China.
“Everybody can get in,” Terry said. “Some lucky person is going to win it. I’ll let it run for a month and see what happens.”
Raffle tickets are just $10 and more details can be found at JasonTerryFoundation.org.
Metta World Peace (then Ron Artest) did the same thing after the Lakers won the year before (well, he auctioned off his only ring), donating his money to help mental health programs for youth.
No word yet on if Terry plans to change his name to anything world peace related. Wouldn’t bet on it, though.
From the department of “Aw, sad panda” comes this element regarding Wolves forward Michael Beasley. Beasley had organized a charity event in Minnesota, billing it as the “All-Star Classic,” promoting it as including Kevin Durant and Kevin Love along with John Wall and No.2 overall Timberwolves pick Derrick Williams.
They didn’t show.
From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
Organizers originally priced tickets at between $60 and $300, then changed them to $40 general admission, $100 for VIP reserve and $300 for court seats when it became clear Durant, Love, Wall and No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams wouldn’t play.
Net proceeds will go to St. Jude’s and three Twin Cities area charities.
Organizers estimated the audience at 1,200 fans, which might have been a bit generous. Those fans watched the six Wolves players, Golden State’s Wright, former WNBA player Tamara Moore and a smattering of summer-league players run and shoot until the Beasleys prevailed over the Visitors 179-170.
via Wolves storm the gym for charity, not salary | StarTribune.com.
You know what, though? Beasley can’t direct those kinds of things. He can’t make those guys play. And the Minnesota fans at least got to see most of the Wolves play. Granted, not Williams, Love, Williams or Rubio, four starters, but still. And it’s for charity. Any effort counts. So it would be easy to dig at Beasley for not being able to deliver, but he made the effort to put together a basketball game for charity.
That’s more than a lot of people do.
Kinda funny, though.
From Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times:
Metta took some steps to bring World Peace on Wednesday by donating $285,000 to mental health charities across America.
He has pledged to give away more than $500,000 that he raised by raffling off his 2010 Lakers championship ring.
At the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, before handing giant checks to six women who represented various organizations, World Peace briefly discussed his own struggles with mental health.
“When I was a kid, I did see a counselor,” he said. “My mom helped me out, she realized I was having problems when I was 13 years old. She realized I was going through a lot.”
Personally, I never get tired of hearing about Mr. World Peace’s dedication to the mental health of our nation’s children — it’s a true redemption story for a man who used to be sports’ #1 villain, and Metta’s cause is definitely worth giving time and attention to. Congratulations, Mr. World Peace. You have, against all odds, become a role model who changed his name to Metta World Peace.