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Pistons join water relief effort on night off

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Picking up water every day can be a daunting task for some people.

But a visit to several water distribution centers by two Detroit basketball stars took some of the pain of that daily grind.

Pistons guard Reggie Jackson and forward Anthony Tolliver drove north from auburn hills.

"The damage is already done, but you've got to try to find a silver lining in it, just go from here and try to find a way to connect with everyone else who has been touched by it," Jackson said.

They met with the National Guard members who are helping people get water and talked with the people living the struggle.

They helped carry cases of water out to vehicles.

And Tolliver, the vice president of the National Basketball Player's Association, bought dinner for those on the front lines.

"I have two kids at home and this is very close to where we live," Tolliver said. "So my wife put it into perspective for me when she said, wow that could be our kids drinking that contaminated water, and you know, that really got my attention and really helped get me going in the right direction as to wanting to do something about it."

Army Pfc. Kyarnol Branner, who is from Flint, said she appreciates their generosity.

"It shows that they have pride and they're happy to come out and do this," Branner said.

The two Piston stars said they know this was a small gesture, but hope their presence here in the Vehicle City did some good during these very difficult times.

"There's always something bigger than sports, there's life, so everyday necessities, you've always got to try to help people out in any type of way," Jackson said.

Tolliver said, "Flint's definitely showing up, the people of Flint are showing resilience, hopefully the crisis doesn't last as long as people think it will and hopefully people can work together to make sure things get back to normal quickly."

Dozens of NBA players have contributed to the relief efforts, and the player's union is expected to announce additional support in the coming weeks.

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