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What Had Happened Was: 8/29/17

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  • Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander donated $4 million to a Hurricane Harvey relief fund started by Mayor Sylvester Turner. On Monday, the Rockets announced Alexander’s donation, which marks one of the latest contributions from the sports world to helping those affected by what is now classified as a tropical storm. New Rockets point guard Chris Paul also donated $50,000 to a fundraiser started by Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, pushing the total amount of money raised by his campaign to $500,000. Watt has since increased his goal to $1 million, while the Texans and owner Bob McNair, the New England Patriots and owner Robert Kraft, and Major League Baseball and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter have all contributed to hurricane relief through donations.
  • An NFL preseason game and college football season opener both relocated from Houston. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Thursday’s preseason finale between the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys has been moved from Houston’s NRG Stadium to Dallas’ AT&T Stadium. The 2017 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff between BYU and LSU, originally scheduled for Aug. 26 at the NRG Stadium as well, will now be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers canceled a planned $140 million renovation to Quicken Loans Arena. Eight months after a partnership was announced between the team, city and county to upgrade the 22-year-old building, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert “folded his cards and walked away following a months-long battle over financing and a vote that could result in a denial of Cleveland’s proposed support of the project,” as reported Monday by Cleveland.com’s Karen Farkas. The decision to pull back on the plan will reportedly cost the city of Cleveland millions of dollars and thousands of jobs.

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On this day in sports history

On Aug. 29, 1974, Moses Malone, a 6-foot-11 big man from Petersburg, Virginia, decided to forgo his four years of college basketball eligibility at the University of Maryland by signing a seven-year, $3 million contract with the ABA’s Utah Stars. The deal made Malone, who was then just 19 years old, the first player in history to make the jump to pro basketball straight out of high school.


Aaron Dodson is a sports and culture writer at Andscape. He primarily writes on sneakers/apparel and hosts the platform’s Sneaker Box video series. During Michael Jordan’s two seasons playing for the Washington Wizards in the early 2000s, the “Flint” Air Jordan 9s sparked his passion for kicks.