Mavs news: J.J. Barea started fundraising campaign to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico
Much like Tim Duncan with the U.S. Virgin Islands and Hurricane Irma, Jose Juan Barea’s homeland of Puerto Rico was ravaged by Hurrican Maria. And like Duncan, the Dallas Mavericks guard is attempting to raise funds to help the victims of the calamity, per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
Barea, who is one of Puerto Rico’s most famous basketball players, is already more than halfway toward raising his initial goal of $100,000 for the U.S. territory, which currently has no communication service or electricity following the powerful storm.
“It’s completely dark over there,” Barea told ESPN on Thursday after playing pickup ball with his teammates in Dallas. “No phone service, no power, no water, no nothing. We’re trying our best right now to help, and whenever we’ve got contact with [family], make a plan and start helping over the next couple of days and next couple of weeks.
“Puerto Rico’s completely destroyed. The water right now is the worst. The wind knocked everything down, but now the water is down and it’s the worst ever. We’ve had some bad ones, but never like this.”
J.J. Barea has yet to hear from his parents and other relatives, but is hopeful all are well. No fatalities have yet been reported due to the storm.
Barea is busy preparing for Mavs training camp which begins next week, and hopes to organize relief efforts from Dallas. The 33-year-old Barea is looking to bounce back from an injury-plagued year where he played just 35 games due to calf problems.