NBA Social Recap, Week 9: The League Gives Back

During the holiday season, NBA players fully embrace their role as leaders in the community. In one way or another, they find ways to brighten others' days—usually with the help of some pretty cool friends—and reminisce along the journey.

Here’s a look at the top five social media posts from Week 9 of the season, starting with No. 5.

Maurice Harkless spent time with the kids of Portland's Shriners Hospitals for Children, which focuses on a wide range of pediatric orthopedic conditions and specializes in cleft lip and palate care. Moe, Damian Lillard, Jake Layman and the Trail Blazers organization hung out with the families in an afternoon full of games, crafts, holiday desserts, photos and autographs. The Blazers players’ company enlightened the family-centered environment.

After scoring a career-high 39 points during the Nets’ 127-124 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on December 12, Spencer Dinwiddie signed a three-year, $34 million extension to stay in Brooklyn. The 25-year-old then extended his commitment to the community and education. In partnership with the United Negro College Fund, the Dinwiddie Family Foundation is cultivating the next generation of leaders through its scholars program. With up to $20,000 in scholarships, the initiative will support students' tuition and out-of-pocket expenses through the scholastic year.

Fred VanVleet helped the children and their families prepare for the grueling winter with a coat drive at the Washington Park Community Center in his hometown of Rockford, Illinois. The initial plan was to donate 160 coats. After teaming up with the Burlington Coat Factory, the retailer decided to match Fred’s donation—totaling more than 300 coats for the kids.

While preparing for his return to the court, Denver Nuggets veteran Isaiah Thomas is keeping pace off of it. In partnering with World Vision USA and A Precious Child, Isaiah helped to provide toys, resources and living essentials to families for the holidays.

The best moment (and photograph) of the week belongs to Dwyane Wade. The Miami Heat legend laced them up one last time at Staples Center against his best friend, LeBron James. After the final buzzer of a 108-105 Heat loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, the two future Hall of Famers swapped jerseys and embraced the moment.

 

Olivier Auguste is an NBA lifestyle writer based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter.