HONOLULU (Hawaii News Now)- Eight of today's biggest names in the NBA are hooping it up with troops and their families stationed in Hawaii as part of the 'Hoops for Troops' USO/Armed Forces Entertainment Tour.
Visiting Hawaii are, Chicago point guard Derrick Rose, Sacramento guard Tyreke Evans, Atlanta center-forward Al Horford, Charlotte point guard D.J. Augustin, New Jersey center Brook Lopez, Phoenix center Robin Lopez, Washington DC center JaVale McGee and Miami forward Mike Miller.
The players will be leading youth clinics, sharing basketball techniques, touring military facilities and playing one-on-one with service members throughout the week-long tour.
Within the first two days of the week-long tour, they dined with troops, visited a Wounded Warrior Center and toured a Stryker and Aviation Unit at Scofield Barracks. The players also led a youth basketball clinic and played in a "Hoops for Troops" USO basketball game alongside service heroes at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, lifting the spirits of more than 2,600 troops and military families.
"Supporting our nation's military community has always been important to me. Whether I am extending my thanks to our troops on the front lines, visiting military families back at home, playing ball with wounded warriors, or participating on USO tours like this that are designed to uplift the spirits of those stationed around the globe, it is an honor for me anytime I am able to give" said Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls.