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December 13, 2010

Nets deliver toys to Brooklyn children

The Brooklyn Blog [NYPost.com]
by Rich Calder

Now here's a heart-warming story after that eminent domain downer.

Nets star Brook Lopez and four teammates came to their future home borough today to dish out 1,100 toys for Brooklyn children.

Lopez and teammates Derrick Favors, Damion James, Ben Uzoh, Quinton Ross, Stephen Graham, and Joe Smith gathered at Brooklyn Borough Hall for a holiday party where they helped distribute toys for needy children from five Salvation Army community centers in Brooklyn.

Wow, a veritable who's who? of NBA stars.

The toys were donated by the Barclays/Nets Community Alliance, which includes a partnership among Barclays, the Nets and Forest City Ratner Companies. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and representatives of The Salvation Army and National Grid also attended the event.

"Every year during the Holiday season we celebrate and are thankful for what we have," said developer Bruce Ratner, chairman and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies. "There is no better way to do this than by remembering and helping those who are less fortunate.”

He means "thankful for what we have been given by the State of New York, and the City. And the "better way" would be to give it back.

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Asked how he felt about moving from New Jersey to Brooklyn, Lopez said. "Everybody has been welcoming, it's been a very positive experience."

But when prodded, Lopez admitted the move is bittersweet. "Whenever a sports team switches locations it's always tough," he said, adding, "Hopefully the way we have been playing will be good enough to have a few fans come with us."

6-18? Where do we sign up?

But 8-year-old Malakai Williams, of Bushwick, seemed less than impressed.

After getting her basketball autographed by Lopez, she said LeBron James was her favorite player, adding, with a sigh, "I wish he could be here."

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Posted by eric at December 13, 2010 10:55 PM