NBA, WNBA stars to play 'Wheel of Fortune' for aid

Updated: September 13, 2005, 3:16 PM ET
Associated Press

A handful of professional basketball players are going to spin the Wheel of Fortune to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Carmelo Anthony of Denver, Ray Allen of Seattle, Baron Davis of Golden State and Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers are among 15 NBA and WNBA players teaming up with the television game show "Wheel of Fortune." The players will tape shows Thursday for the game show's NBA week, airing Oct. 31-Nov. 4.

Each player will be partnered with a fan from their team's city, and the fans will play for cash and NBA-themed prizes.

The players will compete for their favorite charities and for the Red Cross, with a minimum of $100,000 of their winnings going to help Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

The contestant from the team with the week's highest total winnings will win a trip to the 2006 NBA All-Star game in Houston.

Other NBA stars scheduled to play are: Amare Stoudemire of Phoenix, Richard Hamilton of Detroit, Mike Bibby of Sacramento, Emeka Okafor of Charlotte, Ben Gordon of Chicago, Robert Horry of San Antonio, Richard Jefferson of New Jersey, and Bobby Simmons of Milwaukee.

Becky Hammon of the New York Liberty will represent the WNBA.

Also playing will be NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton and former NBA player Kenny Smith.

Operation Rebound
The NBPA and WNBPA are joining with "Feed the Children" in "Operation Rebound," a relief effort to provide food and assistance to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Thursday, more than a dozen NBA and WNBA players will take part in a caravan of 20 tractor trailers full of supplies that will depart Jackson, Mississippi and make deliveries to Hattiesburg, Biloxi and Gulfport.


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