Gasol To Donate $1K Per Point Friday To Aid Japan Quake Victims

By: Ivan Serrano

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — When the Lakers face off against the Clippers Friday, Pau Gasol will have a little more on the line than just Staples Center bragging rights.

The 7-foot forward center has pledged to send $1,000 for ever point he scores against the Clippers to aid victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.

Gasol is one of 19 other NBA players, including his brother Marc of the Memphis Grizzlies, who have pledged to help the earthquake-ravaged people of Japan between March 25 and 27.

The donations will be made through Direct Relief International, one of the world’s leading medical relief organizations, and will support the immediate health needs of people affected by the quake and resulting tsunami off Japan’s coast.

The Lakers and the Clippers tip off at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Staples Center.

Gasol also donated $20,000 for the Haiti relief fund back in January, where he scored 20 points against the New York Knicks.

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  1. PL says:

    Pau Gasol, you the MAN!!!

  2. Rodney Inatomi says:

    i really respect pau what about the rest of the nba they make millions and can do aliitle something for donation

    1. mike kim says:

      Yes. Notice there has been no major celebrity event that has raised funds for any of the poor stricken people in that region of Japan. Japan, like America, has donated to every nation in the world where a major catastrophe has occurred.
      Africa, South America, Central America, Asia, and even here in America (Katrina)
      have been a recipient of Japanese aid . Time for the world to step up and
      realize this is a humanitarian effort.

  3. CL says:

    Before we go slapping high fives with Pau Gasol, let’s not forget that the man recently signed a 3 year, $57 million extension. So he makes $19 MILLION a year. And he is going to give perhaps $19000 to this cause? $19000 will help, but a man in his position if he truly wanted to make a difference could do so much more.

    This reminds me of Serena Williams making a big announcement in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina saying that she would donate $100 for every ace she hit in the US Open….while she was wearing $40000 in jewelry on the court.

    1. jstnLA says:

      Ok, and how much did you donate?

      1. CL says:

        more than 0.1% of my yearly salary. And you?

  4. ___A says:

    Yea woohoo congrats, high five, way to go Pau you just donated nothing more than less than half of a percent compared to what you make in a year!

    Why on earth are you congratulating these guys when they are only giving nothing more than there spare change!

  5. Joel E says:

    For all you Haters ! YOU DONATE !!!!

    1. James Quayle III says:

      maybe if we made millions of dollars a year, we would, idiot. but some of us are low income or out of work.

  6. joserboy says:

    i wish it was more like 5k for every point

  7. Michael says:

    ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN NOTHING – BUT I RATHER SEE ALL NBA PLAYERS
    DONATE TOWARDS OUR VETS . WITH OUT THEM PROTECTING OUR NATION WHO WOULD HAVE TIME TO WATCH LET ALONE HAVE TIME TO ATTEND A BASKETBALL GAME OR ANY OTHER SPORT EVENT….

  8. Ron Vicent says:

    Support your local Sushi Bar is a start America…Ron

  9. JP says:

    There are givers and there are takers. Unfortunately, the takers usually never give back.

  10. James Quayle III says:

    It’s easy for Gasol, since he isn’t a big scorer. Maybe he should get Kobe or the others to also donate $1K or more per point. But you know, Kobe could never do that. He’s much rather spend his money on mistresses and gifts for his wife’s forgiveness.

  11. Barbara says:

    Pau doesn’t HAVE to donate a cent but he is CHOOSING to. I don’t care how much he earns so what. He has always impressed me as a class act and this just proves it.

  12. Grant says:

    Ichiro donated $1.25 million. His salary this year is $17 million. Kind of makes Pau’s contribution seem small. But granted, the tsunami is closer to Ichiro’s heart than it is to Pau’s.

    I’m always wondering why sports celebrities make these kinds of pledges. Why not just commit to $25000 and leave it at that? Why must it be tied into your performance on one particular night? Why must you make a big show of your donation? I think those who donate in silence are more sincere than those who make a big showy display of a token donation.

  13. Sidney Simons says:

    I’ll donate to Pau’s face transplant.

  14. Snarky says:

    $1000 a point? That’s it?
    Bubba Watson of the PGA Tour donated $50,000, without even blinking.

  15. Darla says:

    STOP WHINING…AT HOW MUCH THEY ARE DONATING… THE POINT IS THEY ARE AND THIS ISN’T THE ONLY CAUSE THEY PITCH INTO.

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