NBA Rookies Auctioning Off Jerseys For Charity

In a story that won’t garner one tenth the attention that the Suns’ and Rockets’ awkward Greco-Roman gropefest “brawl” did, Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Kevin Love is spearheading a charity effort to raise money for St. Jude’s Research Hospital, the largest hospital system for catastrophic childhood illness in America. Their weapon of choice: autographed jerseys.

Joe Alexander jersey
(The perfect gift, especially if the recipient is named Alexander.)

The Rookie Relief For St. Jude’s program has auctions open until November 20 on jerseys for almost all of the 1st rounders from this year’s draft (Russell Westbrook and D.J. White are still unaccounted for, probably because they hate sick children), plus several former 1st-overall picks and a handful of other veterans.

Even better, Love will match all donations up to a total of $12,500. So those of you with a kind enough heart to be regular donors to St. Jude’s will see your money go farther - in addition to owning a nice jersey that a very tall man has scribbled on.

One bit of bad news for all the Internet cheapskates - these jerseys start with a minimum bid of $100 (this is for charity, after all), so there’s no sense in trying to low-ball your way into some autographed Alexis Ajinca gear for a Hamilton or anything. (Interesting note: the highest-priced jersey so far isn’t Lebron James or Yao Ming, but Derrick Rose at $305 and climbing.)

Still, it’s for a very good cause, and bidding’s low enough now that you can still put $150 on Dwight Howard or Tracy McGrady and cross your fingers for the next week or so.

Plus it’s all tax-deductible. Your accountant wants you to have that OJ Mayo jersey. For real.