Friday night, the Milwaukee Bucks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals thanks to a 125-103 drubbing of the Toronto Bucks. Virginia alum Malcolm Brogdon — who returned from a plantar fasciitis injury after nearly eight weeks of inaction — was outstanding in the win with 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting (3-for-6 from three) and five assists. But after the game may have been the highlight of the night for the young second year guard.
Brogdon launched his charity initiative, Hoops2o in October of 2018 as the NBA arm of fellow Virginia alum Chris Long’s Waterboys charity. Waterboys has been around since 2015 and raised enough to fund 59 wells (over $2.6 million dollars) across East Africa. The “Starting 5” have been working with Brogdon in the NBA, two of which — Justin Anderson and Joe Harris — were teammates with Brogdon at Virginia.
After the game, he discussed Hoops2o with the crew of Inside the NBA on TNT. “How much does it cost for a well?” Charles Barkley asked after Brogdon explained the non-profit. “Forty-five thousand dollars,” Malcolm responded.
Chuck’s response? “I’ll give you $45,000. I’ll give you 45,000 right now.”
Check it out:
Chuck just donated $45,000 to Malcolm Brogdon's Hoops2O initiative, which helps bring clean water to East Africa. pic.twitter.com/pyqaWUZbp4— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 18, 2019
Brogdon was clearly surprised and grateful at the donation, and Shaq made sure to point out that it should be called “The Chuck Well” and be “extra big”. Chuck wanted it to be named the “Kenny is a Cheapskate Well”, but we’ll see what they decide.
When he woke up this morning and heard the news, Chris Long lamented going to bed early:
The stuff I wish I’d have stayed awake to see!!! https://t.co/0yGCnTqUTy— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) May 18, 2019
Brogdon will be back in action on Sunday as the Bucks try and build a 3-0 lead on the Raptors. Game is set for 7pm on TNT. Until then, check out Hoops2o.