NBA Notes: Kings, Pistons, Cavaliers and Bulls

There are several stories out of the NBA this week. The lead is a Kings video (to the right) featuring players spending time in the community. Pistons G Will Bynum took part in an autism walk, the Cavs kicked off their “Read to Achieve” program, and the Bulls continue donating tickets to the USO.

Kings Sacramento Kings players Kevin Martin, Sergio Rodriguez, Beno Udrih, Melvin Ely, and Kenny Thomas went around Sacramento area hot spots to meet fans. Their day was capture in video (Sacramento Kings).

Pistons: Detroit Pistons G Will Bynum showed up early for the October 11 Hawks game at The Palace of Auburn Hills to address 4,500 participants at the “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” event. The fundraiser generated $224,000 for Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism advocacy group, and also helped families affected by autism find support and educational resources.

“Participating in an event like this helps me stay grounded,” said Bynum. “As professional athletes, we are blessed to be here and to be able to give inspiration to people. Helping them move forward is what it’s all about.”

Pistons director of community relations Dennis Samier added, “As part of our ‘Pistons Care’ mission it was a privilege to host today’s walk. The Palace provides a comfortable, relaxed setting where families could come together to support each other and learn the very latest about interventions and research” (Gabe Neistein,, 10/9).

Cavaliers: To kick off the Cleveland Cavaliers 2009-10 Read to Achieve program, Cavalier F Anderson Varejao and members of the Cavalier Girls and Cavs Scream Team conducted a “Reading Time-Out” on Wednesday for kids from St. Martin de Porres, University Settlement, Project Act and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

The Cleveland Cavaliers hosted 200 kids for a “Reading Time-Out” of the book “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. After the reading, the children watched a private advance screening of the new Warner Bros. movie, “Where the Wild Things Are” (Cleveland Cavaliers).

Bulls: In support of our armed forces, the Chicago Bulls donated hundreds of tickets to each Bulls home preseason game this season to the United Service Organization (USO). The complimentary tickets were distributed to injured veterans and family members of currently enlisted armed forces serving overseas including Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, active members of the armed forces in the Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin area were also invited. The Bulls have been donating tickets to the USO for more than five years (Chicago Bulls).