Sport Why Pistons' Maker, others bring attention to Australian bushfires

04:50  11 january  2020
04:50  11 january  2020 Source:   freep.com

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Educate others about the bushfires and how they can help. The bushfires began in September but are just now getting worldwide attention . Although bushfires are normal during Australia 's fire season, they aren't usually this bad. The 2019 fires grew so large that they've spread across the

the 2019 Australia Bushfires began in September 2019 and continued into 2020. The devastating fires, which spread in the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales (NSW) and other areas of the south-eastern coast. As of January 2020, more than 500 million animals were killed 16

Thon Maker’s social media activity is a window into his thinking.

And currently, his thoughts are never far from the tragedy unfolding in Australia, his home country.

Bushfires are devouring large swaths of Australia and have claimed the lives of at least 26 people.

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One fire, measuring nearly 1.5 million acres, killed more than a billion animals and damaged or destroyed nearly 3,000 homes.

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Australia 's devastating bushfires , which have been raging for four months, have claimed the lives of at least 25 people, burnt more than 6.3 million hectares and killed an estimated half a billion animals. Why are they so hard to extinguish? How effective has been the Australian government's response?

How Australia 's bushfires spread: mapping the east coast fires. State authorities were concerned fires in the north of Victoria could merge with others burning near the He said any such efforts to cut emissions “won’t change the fact that there have been bushfires or anything like that in Australia ”.

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The Detroit Pistons center’s thoughts are with Australia and his family that still lives there. That’s why he has teamed up with other Australian NBA players to pitch in.

Maker and eight other players from Australia have partnered with the National Basketball Players Foundation and the NBA to donate $750,000 to relief and recovery efforts.

“The first thought is fear, fear for your family,” Maker said after Friday’s practice. “You want to be there to help them, but even if you were there, what could you do as a single person?

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In support for their country and the brave individuals standing on the frontlines of the bushfires in the region, nine Australian NBA “Our thoughts are with our families, friends and all of the people of Australia . We hope you feel our love and support and know that we will continue to bring awareness

As the Australian bushfire conditions worsen, many Asian Here's just some of the people currently bringing attention to the bushfires . Seunghun donated money to the National Bushfire Disaster Appeal and shared a snapshot of it to CIX's Twitter account to encourage others to do the same.

“I just say my prayers for everybody back home, my family, my friends, the country itself, the animals as well, but things like that are out of my control, but if I have a chance to do something about it, to help out a little bit … I’ll do that.”

Former Piston Aron Baynes and 76ers star Ben Simmons are among the players pleading for help.

“We are heartbroken over the devastation these fires are causing all across our homeland,” the players said in a release earlier this week. “Our thoughts are with our families, friends and all of the people of Australia. We hope you feel our love and support and know that we will continue to bring awareness to this crisis globally and provide assistance in any way we can.”

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Bushfires in Australia are generally defined as uncontrolled, non-structural fires burning in a grass Many of these animals were burnt to death in the fires, with many others dying later due to the Until the 2019–2020 Australian bushfire season, the forests in Australia were thought to reabsorb all the

The singer said he wanted to bring attention to the devastation that wildfires have caused, saying it has reached a “biblical scale.” “I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires ,” Pink wrote in a recent social media post.

Maker, 22, was born in the South Sudan, but he migrated to Uganda to escape a civil war. He was later accepted as a refugee in Australia

He grew up in Perth, which is in the state of Western Australia and well away from the main area of concern, but Maker quickly corrected any assumptions.

“There are fires everywhere in Australia,” he said. “If not the northern territory of Australia, which is the hottest part, Perth is right there behind it in terms of the heat during the summer time.”

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Teaching moments

Pistons coach Dwane Casey — along with assistant Sidney Lowe — put in extra work with rookie Sekou Doumbouya and Christian Wood after practice.

Both players have generated excitement in the fan base, but both performed like youngsters in Thursday night’s 115-112 home loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Doumbouya committed a free-throw lane violation with 8:16 remaining, negating a Tony Snell attempt with the Pistons leading by three. Snell hasn’t missed an attempt in 13 tries this season.

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An Australian state premier has warned that the bushfire crisis is 'just the beginning' with a heatwave expected to bring further misery. A firefighter backs away from flames in Tomerong, New South Wales, yesterday with fire crews scrambling to contain Australia 's bushfire crisis.

'We often bring attention to causes and ways you can donate. It's our job to bring awareness to situations so The trio's other sisters, Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner, have each retweeted one link about So far, the Australian bushfires have killed 25 people, destroyed more than 2,000

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Earlier, Wood committed a crucial turnover while trying to dribble around his back in traffic in the open court.

Both mistakes happened in regulation of game that went to overtime.

“There’s a lot of teaching moments in those games for (Doumbouya) and Christian, a lot of assignments that were blown, a lot of situations that were blown that they have to learn from on the fly,” Casey said. “In a one-possession game, it’s glaring.”

Both players are considered part of the Pistons’ future. Wood’s full $1.6 million contract became guaranteed Friday. He will be a free agent this offseason and the team hopes to re-sign him.

“He’s been a pro, he’s been responsible. As his role increases, there’s going to be times he makes mistakes,” Casey said.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Why Detroit Pistons' Thon Maker, others are bringing attention to Australian bushfires

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