Cedi Osman and Larry Nance Jr. will donate $10,000 to earthquake victims in Turkey

Osman and Nance donated $200 apiece for every 3-pointer made on Saturday night

James Rapien
January 25, 2020 - 11:50 pm
DECEMBER 18: Larry Nance Jr. #22 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates with Cedi Osman #16 after making the game winning basket in the 92-91 win against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on December 18, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by

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CLEVELAND, OH — An earthquake ripped through Elazig, Turkey on Friday night, which left 22 dead and more than 1,100 people injured.

Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman, a Turkey native, took action. He pledged $100 for every 3-pointer made in Saturday’s game against the Bulls.

Teammate Larry Nance Jr. saw the news and decided to raise the stakes. Nance told Osman he’d pledge $200 for every 3-pointer made in the contest. Osman agreed to raise the number to $200.

The Cavs and Bulls combined to make 25 3-pointers, which means Osman and Nance will donate $10,000 ($5,000 apiece) to earthquake victims.

“Hopefully this will at least help a little bit,” Osman said. “It’s not my hometown, but that doesn’t matter. It’s a city in Turkey. The money isn't important. The important thing is how people are going to react. 

"It was devastating news for me. I wish I could be there with those people."

Osman said other athletes in Turkey and fans all over the world are joining the cause to help victims of the earthquake. His goal was to raise awareness and help those in need, which is something Nance did — both on Twitter and with his own donation.

Turkish athletes Yusuf Yazıcı, Isıl Alben, Nevzat Aydın, Nuri Şahin and Arda Turan also contributed to the cause. Together, the athletes — including Osman and Nance — raised over $75,000. 

“I hope we’re going to put a little bit of a smile on their face," Osman said. "Hopefully we’re going to be able to help those people.”