76ers' Dalembert scores with an assist
PHILADELPHIA — Sam Dalembert learned yesterday that an uncle, a carpenter feared dead in his home country Haiti, was alive. His godfather finally contacted Dalembert's relatives.
Dalembert felt some personal peace that family members were alive. But hearing the first-hand accounts of the extreme death and destruction in earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince has left the NBA's only Haitian wanting to help his countrymen so much more.
"I feel much better, but still my heart is for those who lost their loved ones," he said.
The Philadelphia 76ers center finds 48 minutes of distraction each night on the court. Dalembert made a $100,000 donation to help relief efforts, then had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lift the Sixers to a 98-86 win over the Sacramento Kings last night.
"I'm trying to do my best and contribute," Dalembert said of the relief effort. "The Philadelphia people responded. Everybody everywhere responded. That's a really good feeling. We're a nation of good hearts."
Dalembert taped a public service announcement for UNICEF encouraging fans to support the relief efforts in his home country. His donation went to UNICEF.
"I know, at a time like this, times are tough in our own home. But you find a good heart to help us out," he told the crowd before the game. "Everything is accepted. Don't feel like anything is too small to help out."
The Philly fans responded. The Sixers said after the game they raised more than $30,000 at the UNICEF table on the concourse during last night's game.
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HEAT 115, ROCKETS 106
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PISTONS 110, HORNETS 104
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RAPTORS 112, KNICKS 104
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PACERS 121, NETS 105
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GRIZZLIES 135, TIMBERWOLVES 110
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MAVERICKS 99, THUNDER 98
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BULLS 121, WIZARDS 119
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HAWKS 102, SUNS 101
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BOBCATS 92, SPURS 76
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TRAIL BLAZERS 102, MAGIC 87
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BUCKS 113, WARRIORS 104
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