Knicks' Elfrid Payton Donates 10K Medical Masks to New Orleans Amid COVID-19

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2020

New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton handles the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Friday, March 6, 2020, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Thunder won 126-103. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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New York Knicks point guard Elfrid Payton donated 10,000 masks to New Orleans medical facilities, according to the team: 


.@elfrid has donated 10,000 protective masks to support workers in his hometown of New Orleans serving on the frontlines during this pandemic. #NBATogether https://t.co/BQTXTMqV12

Payton, who is from New Orleans, is reportedly staying in the city along with teammate Mitchell Robinson while the NBA is on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, per Marc Berman of the New York Post

Payton's ties to the region include playing at John Ehret High School and his college ball at Louisiana-Lafayette.

He isn't the only NBA player to lend a hand in New Orleans. Per NOLA.com, Zion Williamson said he would pay Smoothie King Center arena hourly workers' wages for games canceled because of the hiatus, while JJ Redick worked with the team and Lineage Logistics to provide 1.8 million meals via Second Harvest Food Bank across south Louisiana.


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