Kenny Smith organizing hurricane relief all-star game

9/4/2005 - NBA

HOUSTON -- Former Houston Rockets guard Kenny Smith is
working with a promoter to organize a Sept. 11 charity basketball
game benefiting Hurricane Katrina victims.
Smith, who won NBA titles with the Rockets in 1994-95, and
Houston promoter Martin Fox said they have commitments from some of
the biggest names in the NBA, Houston television station KRIV
reported Saturday.
Smith, an analyst on TNT's national telecasts, said the event
has a national television partner that will be announced when
details are finalized. The game would be played at Toyota Center,
home of the Rockets.
"This is not a pipe dream," Smith said. "It's just small
hurdles, not big ones. The big ones have been jumped over."
Toyota Center and Rockets officials said they support the event.
Houston has the largest concentration of the estimated 223,000
Katrina refugees in Texas.