James Harden giving $1 million for Harvey relief

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HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Rockets point guard James Harden says he will donate $1 million to the city of Houston to aid in Harvey recovery.

Harden made the announcement Saturday with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. They spoke at a news conference at the NRG Center, which has housed evacuees since Harvey swamped the Houston area more than a week ago.

Harden went to high school in California and college in Arizona but said Houston is his home. He posed for photos with fans and said the money would go people who need it.

A number of others with ties to the Rockets and the NBA are donating money. Chris Paul gave $500,000 to J.J. Watt’s find (and he has yet to play a game for Houston), Rockets owner Leslie Alexander donated $10 million, and the NBA and its players’ union are combining to donate $1 million.

Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and Leonardo DiCaprio also have pledged $1 million to charities helping with Harvey relief.