For Ukraine's ex-NBA star Slava Medvedenko, Russia's war is personal

Ukraine's ex-NBA star Slava Medvedenko tells CBS News why he sold his championship rings and picked up a gun

Nov 24, 2022 by CBS News

Key Facts

  • CBS Mornings November 24, 2022 / 10:13 AM / CBS News Former Laker brings basketball to Kyiv Former LA Lakers power forward Slava Medvedenko brings basketball to his wartorn hometown of Kyiv 04:30 Kyiv — Slava Medvedenko is a former basketball star who helped deliver two NBA championships during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Of his millions of fans, none matter more to the Ukrainian baller than the people at home in Kyiv who, like him, are now living in a warzone.
  • Slava Medvedenko plays basketball with a youngster in Ukraine For one blissful moment, for the children who took delivery of some new basketballs from the L.A.
  • Medvedenko told CBS News that made him very happy: "We can spend more money on the kids, and help more kids!" Through the charity he co-founded with a Ukrainian sports journalist, the Fly High Foundation, Medvedenko has helped repair shattered windows and basketball courts at schools that were destroyed by Russian artillery, and send kids to basketball camps.

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