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Pau Gasol donating $1,000 per point Friday to Philippines relief

Nov 21, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT


Pau Gasol is averaging a career-low 13.0 points per game so far this season. At 33, he might just be too far past his prime to regularly score in the high teens, as he did in his peak.

That’s OK. Aging is a natural part of the game, and Gasol certainly isn’t to blame.

His decline isn’t something to fret over. What are you going to do? Root against aging? That’s just silly.

Well, consider me silly, because I’m rooting hard against aging on Friday.


Children are suffering in the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan—the year’s most powerful tropical storm—is the latest natural disaster to strike a country already reeling from monsoon flooding and a massive earthquake. These children desperately need shelter, clean water, medicine and nutrition.

I am helping UNICEF raise money for their efforts on the ground…I am pledging $1,000 for every point I score at the Lakers game on Friday (November 22nd) to The U.S. Fund for UNICEF.  Will you help too?  Make a donation now (by clicking donate to this fundraiser) OR join me by pledging $1, $5, $10, $20, or however much you can, for every point that I score Friday night.  If you join me in pledging per point, please send me a tweet to let me know. Together we can help make a difference for the children of the Philippines!  Your generosity will help UNICEF provide access to lifesaving care and support to millions of children in the Philippines.


Complicating matters, Los Angeles’ opponent Friday, the Warriors are allowing just 95.6 points per game, fifth-fewest in the league. This is going to be a challenge.

I’m pulling for Gasol to set a new season high, besting the 25 points he scored against the Nuggets last week. But just to play it safe, we could all donate through his fundraiser.

Then, we’d definitely help Filipino children get the support they need.

  1. bjornreyes - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Maraming salamat, Pau!

  2. jcmeyer10 - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Good man.

  3. yournuts - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Thank you Pau.

  4. jcmeyer10 - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Also, I hope if it’s a blowout or something they let Pau go off for as many points as possible.

  5. zblott - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    The Philippines should be thankful Kobe isn’t back yet since he’ll clearly be in gunning-for-his-own-personal-history mode, something that hasn’t ever helped his teammates, except for the ones who enjoy collecting offensive rebounds.

    Speaking of which, when Kobe comes back and shoots 40% on 28 long-range twos a night so that he can move up the scoring list, should he be a) damned by fans for shooting away the Lakers’ chances of team success and team chemistry, or b) applauded for playing in a way that best ensures LA has a good pick in a great draft?

    Has there ever been a more perplexing evaluation of how much one player’s selfishness is both hurting and helping his team if this indeed is what happens? Without even trying to be sarcastic or funny, should Kobe get credit for helping the Lakers if he guns away their season to the point they end up with Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins?

    • Anoesis - Nov 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Nice job of taking a good story about trying to help others way off the track into your own screed about how much you hate Bryant.

  6. pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    I love Pau but he’s averaging 13 ppg. He’s making 19 million.

    Kobe just donated 100k, who obviously has a lot more money but is 13k really that much?

    Better than nothing though.

    • daddyghi - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      Actually, Kobe did present the donation, but it wasn’t he’s.. it was the Buss family’s donation.. so Pau still will make donations more than Kobe…

      • Anoesis - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:33 PM

        It was a check for $150,000. My understanding is that $50,000 of it was from Bryant. It may actually have been from all the team’s players.

        The NBA and NBPA have combined to donate $500,000 to go with Micky Arison’s $1,000,000.

      • daddyghi - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:55 PM


        Great to hear that Kobe did gave $50,000 to donate… but 50k? for a country that loved him so much, chanted “Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!” when Dwight was there, and bought his apparel to a sum of millions of dollars? i believe his 50K will be greatly appreciated, but he could have easily given 500K. If he only saw videos of how people there are going through with their lives.

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      Don’t compare him to what Kobe (whose earned about $300 million in his basketball earnings alone plus much more via endorsements)…

      Compare him to ALL the other NBA players…

      Compare him to ALL the NFL players…

      Compare him to ALL the MLB players and Bud Selig who’s salary was $22 million this past season alone.

      Criticizing a man for GIVING? Wow, just wow.

  7. 21stnprime - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Pau trying to make it up to the asians after Spain Olympic team photo scandal. Still every dollar will help and that’s way more than I’ve donated. Hope he scores 100 though

  8. 00maltliquor - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Sheeet I’ma join you too Pau. Thanks for putting up the link and the article Dan.

    BTW, what do you expect Pau is gonna average when he’s only playing 29 minutes a night and dumping the ball down low is #127 on the list of priorities in the D’Antoni system. He can avg. 17-18 every night if he wanted to. Plus he’s a very unselfish big who loves to share the wealth. It’s not like he fell of the map.

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