NEW YORK, Sept. 6 -- The NBA Players Association held a press conference Tuesday to describe their contributions to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. ( Click here to see the emotional press conference video ) Below are some quotes from the press conference:

Stephon Marbury (New York Knicks)
“It makes you think about how fortunate we are, just being able to breathe and walk.”

“It’s not even about money. Now, it’s more about everybody coming together and just trying to live as one.”

“Just giving money, that’s nothing. You’re supposed to do that. It’s just about the way we treat people.”

“I keep looking at my kids. You don’t think about anything else, you just hold them so tight. They don’t even know why you’re looking at them like that. You want to cry in front of them but they don’t understand.”

P.J. Brown (New Orleans Hornet and Slidell, La. Native – via telephone)
“Communities like mine are completely devastated. You go out there and it’s like somebody dropped a bomb. You have people that you’ve known for years, and they’re completely homeless. All they have is the clothes on their backs.”

“Probably the most amazing thing down here is that people still feel that they can come back, the town can come back, the whole region can come back to where we were. They haven’t given up. They’re still fighting. They’ve inspired me to come back and do what I need to do, do everything I can do to get them back on their feet.”

“I’m going to do what I can, and I know the NBA Players Associations and all organizations around the country are going to do whatever they can to help people get back on their feet.”

NBPA Union Director Billy Hunter
“I am proud to announce that not only will we meet the [$1 million] obligation, but we decided that our contributions would be no less than the contributions that we made on behalf of the victims of the World Trade Center. While we actually did not publicize that contribution, we actually gave $2.5 million dollars to that relief effort.”

“We know that the victory in this instance will go to the long distance runners. This is not a sprint. The NBA Players Association, along with its 450 members, plans to be on the forefront of this cause.”

“I’m confident that when all is said and done that the collective contributions of the [Players] Association, as well as the individual contributions of the players is going to exceed several millions of dollars.”

“Steph [Marbury] indicated to me that he’s currently pledging to contribute between $500,000 to one million dollars to the effort, and that he’s assured that that contribution will be made over a few seasons.”

NBPA President, Antonio Davis (Chicago Bulls)
“The important thing is that we don’t just give money and then walk away.”

“Anything that we can do, I know we’re going to be out there doing it. I’m very confident that we will be able to make an impact.”

“It’s going to be a very long process. We’re not going to be here today. We’re going to be here next week, next month, next year…”

NBPA Treasurer, Pat Garrity (Orlando Magic)
“NBA players are deeply concerned about this [situation]. The union is acting not only as a clearinghouse for ideas, but as a direct source of funding.”

“The numbers of calls from [NBA players wanting to contribute] has just been overwhelming.”

Feed the Children Director, Larry Jones
“We’re thankful for the money that the NBA Players Association has given us, and what some of the players have given, but I want to challenge [your newspapers and TV networks] to contribute.”

“As Stephon [Marbury] said, we all need to pull together. It’s going to be a long, long haul.”

“I just really appreciate the compassion and the concern, not only for the areas where the NBA players have families and friends, but they’re willing to reach far, far beyond that.”

Allan Houston (New York Knicks) “My friend Lindsey Hunter, who lives in Jackson, Miss., called me. He didn’t call Billy Hunter. He didn’t call Feed the Children. He just got a couple of trucks and went down there and helped out people who were coming through the water. We’re supposed to do this. Everyone can do something.”

“There is hope, and there is something we can do, and that’s why we’re all here.”

HOW TO HELP
On behalf of our teams and players, the NBA sends its thoughts and prayers to victims of Hurricane Katrina. We encourage fans to support the relief efforts by visiting RedCross.org or calling the Red Cross help line at 1-800-HELP-NOW.
OPERATION REBOUND
NBPA union director Billy Hunter and NBPA president Antonio Davis, among others talk about the NBA Players' Association dedication to Hurricane Katrina relief.
Video: Press conference
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