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Gilbert Arenas was recently suspended by the NBA indefinitely for presenting guns in a locker room at another teammate, but should the overall opinion of him take a complete 180?  One writer does not believe so as Arenas has a vibrant charity in the D.C. area and has a very unique way of connecting with his fans.  As always, time will tell: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/321434-its-tough-to-think-of-arenas-as-a-bad-guy

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LeBron James is one of the premier faces of the NBA throughout the United States and globally.  In a recent Sports Illustrated article, a writer proposes that what might happen if LeBron played for $1 and how that would exponentially increase his global image: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1162919/index.htm

 

Yao Ming, already known for his large philanthropic efforts, has donated $100,000 to rebuild four playgrounds that were damaged by Hurricane Ike last year: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6724123.html

 

Charles Smith, former member of the New York Knicks, has started an expansive program on the welfare of retired players for the NBA.  The program is called TAP, which stands for Transition Assist Program, and will offer personal and financial counseling to former players : http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/11/sports/basketball/11smith.html?_r=1

 

The NBA recently honored Daequan Cook of the Miami Heat by aiding a 12-year old fan of his who was recently killed in a car crash:   http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/2009-10-22-3913181157_x.htm

Chris Andersen, forward on the Denver Nuggets and known as “Birdman” for his long reach and his avian hairstyle, held a basketball camp this summer to help young basketball players hone their game and avoid the mistakes he made: http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_13636212

Throughout this week, the NBA and its teams are giving back to their respective communities through the annual NBA Cares Week Program.   Here is a rundown of what various teams are doing this week: http://www.nba.com/2009/news/10/19/nbacares.release/


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