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NBA notebook: Oklahoma City Thunder helps tornado victims

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Modified: May 18, 2010 at 12:13 am •  Published: May 18, 2010
The Oklahoma City Thunder Community Foundation has made two donations — $3,000 to the Little Axe school district and $2,000 to a family near Chickahsa — to help victims of tornadoes.

The family donation was put in a trust for the children of Ricky and Tammy Rider. Tammy, 29, died when a tornado leveled her family’s Newalla home. The family has three children ages 9, 3 and 1, who remain hospitalized.

The Little Axe donation will be used to help rebuild the middle school’s special education center destroyed by the storm.

Jackson remarks draw protests
Lakers coach Phil Jackson refused to criticize Arizona’s new immigration law, triggering a backlash among activists who protest outside Staples Center on Monday night.

Jackson was asked two weeks ago about the Suns wearing their Los Suns jerseys in protest during a playoff game. He said Arizona was taking federal law and putting some bite into it.

On Monday he said he is wary of putting sports organizations in the middle of political controversies. He said his earlier statements should not be used by either side to rally support.

Activists want the Lakers to put on the Los Lakers jerseys they wore on March 21 to honor Hispanic fans. Lakers spokesman John Black said those jerseys will not be worn during the playoffs.

Cavs, Brown still together
Cleveland began its offseason review.