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NBA forward and Houston native Gerald Green wants to lend a helping hand in the aftermath of Hurricane (now Tropical Storm) Harvey.
Green posted an Instagram video Monday asking people to help him secure a boat so he could help people who are in danger because of massive flooding in the city and surrounding areas.
“Anybody in Houston right now, anybody in Houston got a boat. I don’t care what it is, man, get at me,” Green said in the video. “I’m trying to help out people in Houston, dog . . . I need somebody with a boat that can help me go out here and rescue people. There’s a lot of people that’s in danger.”
The Houston sports community has come to the aid of victims, as well.
— Texans defensive end J.J. Watt donated $100,000 to aid relief efforts, and the relief fund he set up had brought in
more than $770,000 about $1.1 million in pledges through Monday evening as of 12:30 a.m. ET Tuesday. (You can donate here.)
— Texans owner Robert McNair donated $1 million to the United Way’s relief fund, an amount the NFL Foundation later matched.
— The Astros, led by owner Jim Crane, pledged $4 million Monday night. The team will also collect donations at its spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., from Tuesday through Sept. 6. In addition, it will donate proceeds from the 50/50 drawings it holds at each home game to the American Red Cross.
— New Rockets point guard Chris Paul was among the donors to Watt’s fund, pledging $50,000. Paul also pledged $25,000 to the Red Cross fund in response to a challenge by comedian and actor Kevin Hart.
— Rockets owner Leslie Alexander donated $4 million to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s relief fund.
— University of Houston men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson challenged his fellow coaches (college and high school) to donate school gear (clothing and shoes). Coaches began making pledges soon after Sampson tweeted his challenge.
Green, 31, was born and raised in Houston. He played high school basketball at Gulf Shores Academy there before going directly to the NBA in 2005. Green is a free agent this summer after spending last season with the Celtics, where he began his career. In between his Boston stints, he played for the Timberwolves, Rockets, Mavericks, Nets, Pacers, Suns and Heat. He also played two seasons in Russia.