The man who leads all active NBA players in career 3-point-shooting percentage spent a portion of his weekend making a generous, unsolicited contribution to society.
Not Steph Curry, who is No. 3 on the list.
His brother, Seth, is No. 1.
With dozens of first responders addressing the COVID-19 coronavirus by staffing mobile testing sites and the emergency operations center in greater Dallas, Seth Curry fed them. Dug into his pocket on Saturday and paid for 115 meals from a local Italian restaurant. It was a wonderful gesture toward workers on the front line of the fight against this global pandemic.
Moreover, it was a humanitarian act by a sports team pitching in to fill a void that that otherwise might remain empty. Every member of the Dallas Mavericks has, according to Dallas Morning News beat writer Brad Townsend, pledged to participate in this daily commitment. Kristaps Porzingis was scheduled to buy meals on Sunday.
Furthermore, it’s another effort from the NBA, the first American professional sports league unanimous in voluntarily extending various means of support to arena workers and others needing assistance as the coronavirus ravages the economy while raging through the country and the world beyond.
The NBA isn’t alone in its desire to reach out.
Each of the 30 MLB teams has, in an organized gesture, pledged $1 million in assistance to event workers certain to lose pay when Opening Day, originally scheduled for Thursday, was postponed indefinitely.
The NHL entered the weekend with 30 of its 31 teams, including the Sharks, committed to providing aid to those losing wages with the absence of games. The last holdout, the Boston Bruins, bowed to public and governmental pressure and on Saturday pledged $1.5 million.
With the NFL preseason still more than four months away, it’s premature to announce a plan for games that might be played as scheduled. Several players and team owners, however, have made individual pledges to donate financial aid in the fight against the coronavirus.
The NBA, however, was the first to crack open its safes and start pulling out funds. The league where players and owners have been criticized for being selfish, sometimes rightfully so, is setting the sports pace in this beautiful outbreak of selflessness.
Zion Williamson, the dynamic 19-year-old New Orleans Pelicans rookie, grabbed the baton from Mavs owner Mark Cuban, pledging to pay the salaries of all Smoothie King Center workers through the end of the regular season. One after another, players and teams joined the cause.
If you’re looking for a sports-world catalyst, someone particularly determined to help in comprehensive ways, you’d probably start with Cuban.
Since March 11, when Cuban promised to offer aid shortly after the NBA announced it was suspending the season -- the last game was played that night in Dallas -- all 30 teams have fallen in line, making pledges to aid those directly affected or afflicted by this global pandemic.
"I reached out to the folks at the arena and our folks at the Mavs to find out what it would cost to support, financially support, people who aren't going to be able to come to work," Cuban said. "They get paid by the hour, and this was their source of income. So, we'll do some things there. We may ask them to go do some volunteer work in exchange, but we've already started the process of having a program in place.
"I don't have any details to give, but it's certainly something that's important to me."
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What’s most impressive is that Cuban didn’t stop there. He also vowed to reimburse all team employees for lunches and coffees purchased at local independent restaurants. With two players, Luka Doncic and Dwight Powell, pitching in, Cuban last Friday donated $500,000 to pay child-care expenses for healthcare workers at two local medical centers.
And now the Mavericks, following Cuban’s lead, are providing meals to workers often unappreciated.
Seth Curry might hold a slight lead on his big brother in 3-point shooting accuracy, but he can’t be expected to match Steph’s philanthropic efforts. That’s OK, as feeding those dedicated helping society in a time of crisis is bigger than any shot he’ll ever take.