Hawks’ Trae Young helps erase more than $1 million in medical debt for Atlanta residents

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In just his second NBA season, Trae Young is already making a major impact in Atlanta.

The Hawks point guard recently made a donation through his charitable organization that will eliminate more than $1 million in medical bills that Atlanta-area residents have been unable to pay. 

The Trae Young Foundation’s $10,000 contribution to RIP Medical Debt will allow that organization to purchase and forgive $1,059,186.39 in outstanding medical expenses for 570 people, according to a news release.

“Giving back to this community is extremely important to me,” Young said in a statement. “I hope these families can find a bit of relief knowing that their bills have been taken care of as we enter the New Year.”

Wednesday, Young praised the people who helped the plan come together, ending his tweet with a capital A (for Atlanta) a heart emoji and the hashtag #MakeADifference.

The second-year guard from Oklahoma ranks fourth in the NBA with an average of 28.9 points per game. He’s also fifth in the league in assists per game at 8.4.

Zion Williamson could finally make NBA debut Thursday, but was seen falling asleep on the Pelicans bench Monday night

Too many cookies after a rich Fat City dinner?

It sure looked like Zion Williamson was falling asleep on the Pelicans bench

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New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson is nearing his NBA debut — possibly, even this week — but in the meantime, he’s been stuck watching the action from the bench.

Apparently, that can get pretty dull.

While I wouldn’t blame any regular person for nodding off out of boredom when forced to watch a January game between the Pistons and Pelicans, a regular person doesn’t play for one of those teams. Zion, however, does.

As the Pistons and Pelicans were playing a close game in the fourth quarter on Monday, the broadcast zoomed in on Williamson seated on the bench. And it certainly looked like the Pelicans rookie was battling those heavy eyelids, trying not to fall asleep.

Yeah, that’s pretty clear. He was making his best effort to stay awake. And NBA fans took notice to Zion’s near-power nap.

The best part had to be that the Pelicans were in a close game. Theoretically, that should have been compelling. The Pelicans ended up winning, 117-110.