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Danny Granger, Pacers will host dinner for Pacers workers affected by lockout

Jan 14, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

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Danny Granger is good to his word.

From the Indianapolis Star:

Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger will host the dinner he tweeted about during the NBA lockout. Sunday’s event at Bankers Life Fieldhouse is for many of the part-time employees who did not get paid from July 1 until Nov. 26.

“The plan was for this to take place somewhere in Indianapolis if the lockout continued,” Granger said in a statement from the team.

“Once that was resolved, it was obvious the fieldhouse was the only logical place to do this and then, with the condensed schedule, finding a date.”

“I wanted to do something for these unsung workers and for the sacrifices they were making with lost income. Now, it’s the best of everything, the team stepped in to help, we’re playing, they are back making this the best place to come to in the NBA, and we can get together for some food and fun.”

via Pacers notebook: Granger, organization to treat fieldhouse workers to dinner | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com.

You can’t say enough about Granger here. During a bitterly divided lockout, instead of just focusing on himself, Granger extended something to people who were really financially hurt by the lockout. And when the lockout was unexpectedly resolved before, you know, 2014, Granger still went ahead and planned this as a thank you to people.

The fact that the Pacers bought into it just makes the story that much better. There are still a lot of negative feelings between the two sides over what happened those long, dark summer months, but something like this helps to take the sting off of it.

Huge props to Granger for coming through with this. Just a stand-up move.

  1. bparmalee - Jan 14, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Great move. Its good to hear a player on a team I root for is making good on a promise. Well Played.

  2. barklikeadog - Jan 14, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Nice! Too bad more athletes aren’t like this.

  3. danielcp0303 - Jan 14, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Granger is one of the best dude’s in the NBA. This is story, plus the fact that he’s building a batcave…he really is a superhero.

  4. max20characters - Jan 15, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    Much respect! We need more players like Granger in this league. Real talk.

  5. deadeyedesign23 - Jan 15, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    It’s awesome that Granger is hosting the dinner. Sad that the person who should be doing it (Herb Simon) isn’t.

  6. Jeff - Jan 17, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Granger and the Pacers organization are class acts. Very cool.

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