By: Ivan Serrano
LOS ANGELES (CBS)Â â 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.READ MORE: LeBron James Confirms He’s Vaccinated Against COVID
The 7-foot forward center has pledged to send $1,000 for ever point he scores against the Clippers to aidÂ victims ofÂ 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.READ MORE: BTS Will Reunite With Its ARMY With 4 Live Shows At SoFi Stadium
The donations will be made through Direct Relief International, one of the worldâs leading medical relief organizations, and will support the immediate health needs of people affected by the quake and resulting tsunami off Japanâs coast.
The Lakers and the Clippers tip off at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Staples Center.MORE NEWS: Student Fights Off Suspect In Violent Overnight Attack Near Chapman University Dorm: 'I Chased Him Back Up The Stairs, Cursing Him Out'
Gasol also donated $20,000 for the Haiti relief fund back in January, where he scored 20 points against the New York Knicks.