NBA All Stars eager to see legacy of '08 event
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- This week marks six years since LeBron James and fellow NBA All-Stars ventured into New Orleans neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Katrina to lend a hand with rebuilding.
As the NBA prepares to bring its All-Star game back to the Big Easy this weekend, players who were part of the 2008 festivities say they fondly remember their chance to make a difference in a city's recovery from disaster.
Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki says helping paint a couple houses was largely symbolic, but he sensed that All-Stars' attempts to lift residents' spirits made a difference.
James, who sponsored the resurfacing of a recreational center basketball court, says 2008 was a perfect time for the NBA to bring All-Stars to New Orleans, and that it will be good to be back.