OKC Thunder to raise funds for center Nenad Krstic's earthquake stricken hometown

Oklahoma City Thunder center Nenad Krstic's hometown of Kraljevo, Serbia was the epicenter of an earthquake that killed two and injured 100. The Thunder will support relief efforts by matching funds raised at Sunday's game against Boston at the Oklahoma City Arena.
By JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: November 6, 2010 at 8:12 pm •  Published: November 6, 2010
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An earthquake struck central Serbia on Wednesday night and severely damaged the hometown of Oklahoma City Thunder center Nenad Krstic.

Two people were killed and approximately 100 were injured in the magnitude 5.4 quake. The epicenter was near Kraljevo, a city of 60,000 located about 80 miles south of Belgrade.


In support of the relief effort in Kraljevo and the International Red Cross, the Thunder will match funds raised at Sunday's game against Boston inside Oklahoma City Arena. Fans will be asked to contribute and participate in a special raffle to raise funds.

Krstic will autograph the jersey he wears tonight and present it to the raffle winner. The raffle will take place at the Thunder Community Foundation's auction area outside Section 111, beginning when doors open at 4:30 p.m. and continuing through the end of the third quarter.

Krstic was having dinner in Los Angeles when he first learned of the earthquake and immediately tried to contact his father.

"He's fine," Krstic said. "My grandparents are fine. Houses and my apartment are totally destroyed. I think something like 60 percent of the houses and buildings are either half-destroyed or totally destroyed. It's really bad."

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