NBA: Kevin Love follows Mark Cuban, donates 100K to arena workers
The NBA circle has always championed inclusion, and amidst a serious situation, its team owners and players have stepped up yet again to put their community first.
Cleveland Cavaliers all-star forward Kevin Love has donated 100,000 US dollars on Thursday night to aid arena workers, who will not be having hourly salary since the NBA has decided to suspend the season indefinitely due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
New story: @kevinlove has pledged $100,000 to aid displaced arena workers during the NBA's suspension in response to coronavirus. The Cavaliers, Mavericks and Hawks owners have made similar vows. "My hope is that others will step up," Love told ESPN https://t.co/06zSwOKw7y
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) March 13, 2020
Speaking to ESPN, Love said: “My hope is that others will step up.”
Love’s pledge comes a day after Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he will put a program in place to help arena workers who will be affected by the suspension.
Cuban found out about the season suspension when his Mavericks were still playing against the Denver Nuggets.
In a live courtside interview, Cuban said he was surprised about the development, adding that it’s “crazy” and “can’t be true.”
Not even an hour into the indefinite suspension, Cuban prioritized the arena workers, saying that he will put a program in place for them and look at how much it would cost to support those affected by the circumstances.
Atlanta Hawks owner Tony Ressler followed suit, saying he will pay employees of the State Farm Arena, the Hawks’ homecourt.
Absolutely! We all have fun playing and watching NBA games, but many of our hard working hourly employees and support staff depend on wages from our home games. We’re going to make sure that they’re taken care of! Even if I have to pay out of pocket to help out https://t.co/WMb3tEq5Gt
— Cody Zeller (@CodyZeller) March 12, 2020
Charlotte Hornets player Cody Zeller has also spoke about supporting arena staff workers, vowing to do what he can even if it has to come “out of (his) pocket to help out.”
Utah Jazz all-stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for the virus over the past 24 hours.