Mark Cuban Lends Mavs Plane for Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico
J.J. Barea, a fan favorite point guard for the Dallas Mavericks and native Puerto Rican, has gained permission to use the Dallas Mavericks team plane to help with relief efforts to his home. Mavs owner and known billionaire, Mark Cuban, was happy to lend Barea the team plane to help his countrymen.
According to many sources, including Tim McMahon of ESPN, Mark Cuban loaned J.J. Barea the Dallas Mavericks team plane to help transport food and water to his home in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico was hit horribly by a series of hurricanes that went through many islands south of Florida over the last few weeks, most notably from Hurricane Maria, a category 4 storm.
Barea has shown nothing but pride and love for his Puerto Rican heritage from the time he stepped on the court in Dallas and continues to hold true to his roots. Despite a lack of involvement from the US government, individuals like Barea have taken their time and efforts to get down there and help out with anything they can.
This is another great testament of just how great the Mavericks organization is. Of course people are going to downplay this as the team with a native Puerto Rican on the team, but it does not change the fact that Mark Cuban was willing to do something for the people who are without food, water, power, and transportation in Puerto Rico.
This story was brought to our attention mainly because of Barea’s absence on day 1 of Mavs training camp, but Coach Rick Carlisle and Mark Cuban were both very supportive of his efforts to help out in Hurricane relief. The storm that his Puerto Rico was horribly devastating and anything that we can do will help.
Mark Cuban takes a lot of flak as a very outspoken person in the media, but he is a great humanitarian who is willing to help others through numerous charities and donations and he can now add hurricane relief to that list as well.
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Thank you to J.J. Barea, Mark Cuban and everyone else who used the resources they have to help those people in Puerto Rico. No matter what you believe, it is amazing to see people helping people in need.