LOS ANGELES (CBS) — For every point that Lakers star Pau Gasol shot during Friday night’s Lakers-Clippers game, he promised to donate $1,000 to Japan relief.
Gasol joined a group of fellow basketball players, including his brother Mark, pledging to donate to Direct Relief (Japan’s Relief and Recovery Fund).
“It is exciting because you’re playing for something more and something really meaningful,” Gasol said.READ MORE: Following Texas Hostage Episode, LA Authorities Reaffirm Synagogue Safety
The fans were right behind him.
Derek Haayema came all the way from Australia just for Friday night’s game.READ MORE: Man Dies After Being Thrown From Wheelchair By Hit-And-Run Driver In Costa Mesa
“It’s a good cause. We’ve got our own problems in Australia and I think that’s great of Pau to help out the Japanese people,” Haayema said.
Gasol scored 26 points Friday night, equating to $26,000 out of his own pocket. And Magic Johnson also pledged to match Gasol dollar-for-dollar, which means $52,000 in aid for Japan.MORE NEWS: Comedian Louie Anderson Dies At 68 After Battle With Cancer
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