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SBJ/July 17 - 23, 2006/Faces Places
Published July 17, 2006
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with Bill Russell, Dikembe Mutombo, Jerome Williams and Samuel Dalembert as NBA players get behind UNICEF. Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James, Pau Gasol, Yao Ming, Andrei Kirilenko and Elton Brand filmed a global PSA. Annan had helped Mutombo establish a Congo hospital. Also, Sudanese native Luol Deng filmed a World Food Program PSA. More than 190 NBA players are traveling this offseason for causes such as Basketball Without Borders. … Jim Cain, former president of the Stanley Cup-winning Carolina Hurricanes, flew to Raleigh for Game 7. As President Bush’s ambassador to Denmark, he hosted an Independence Day celebration of American sports in Copenhagen, which included LPGA Commissioner Carolyn Bivens, Dan Morgan, Morten Andersen and George Gervin.
David Kohler, who as president and CEO of SCP Auctions sells high-end sports memorabilia, claims to have the “biggest personal collection for one franchise.” He has been collecting Lakers memorabilia since he was in high school 26 years ago. His prize possession: George Mikan’s Minneapolis Lakers rookie jersey. … Geppi’s Memorabilia Road Show’s auction of Phil Rizzuto stuff will include the platinum record he received for his background play-by-play on Meat Loaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” a song about a couple making love in a car with the radio tuned to Rizzuto’s call of a Yankees game. … Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez bought No. 20 of 200 limited-edition sets of Don Marquess’ baseball photographs selling for $2,500. Gonzo’s uniform number is 20. … Olympic gold medalist Shaun “The Flying Tomato” White, who traded his snowboard for a skateboard on the Dew Action Sports Tour, will do a private signing of 400 items for Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia, according to founder Howard Schwartz, who previously has had exclusive signing deals with Sarah Hughes and the 1980 U.S. hockey team. … Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney recently honored the ’72 team, the only U.S. hockey team to win an Olympic medal on foreign soil in the last 50 years. Jerry Caraccioli, who wrote “Striking Silver” with his twin, Tom, said Romney was “recognizing local boys who done good.”
|Kohler’s collection gets ink (above);
Gonzalez buys into Marquess’ art.
Pro volleyball’s Mike Lambert chatted up SI swimsuit model Michelle Lombardo at a Nautica/Sports Illustrated bash in Hermosa Beach. Lombardo plays Adam Sandler’s mistress in the comedy “Click.” Misty May, Dax Holdren, Eric Fonoimoana and swimsuit model Marisa Miller were also at the party. … Rachel Wacholder, Elaine Youngs and Liz Masakayan will host volleyball clinics for kids as Hilton Hotels sponsors hospitality on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.
|Nautica/SI partyers (from left): Lombardo,
Fonoimoana, Holdren, May, Miller and Lambert.
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