With 12 games scheduled for MLK Day, the NBA honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by living the legacy of his words and life’s work.
From New York to Los Angeles, every player warmed up T-shirts with the messages “Now is the time to make justice happen for all” and “Honor King” to commemorate the holiday, but the messages didn’t end there.
From pregame speeches to halftime performances, Dr. King was honored throughout the day.
Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics
“Today we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr… Systemic racism is real, it affects the city of Boston as well as the rest of our society. Thank you Dr. Martin Luther King and others “. who have sacrificed their lives and platform for the cause we all believe in. Rest assured, the fight continues…”
With the Celtics hosting the Pelicans to open MLK Day action, Brown addressed the TD Garden crowd before kickoff, sharing a powerful message that serves as a reminder why we must continue to live Dr. King’s legacy. every day.
Daniel Gafford, Washington Wizards
Atlanta Hawks MLK Wall
In Atlanta, the birthplace of Dr. King, the Hawks have built an MLK wall at State Farm Arena, featuring the center court logo from last season’s MLK court and a graphic of the MLK uniforms that the team wore during the 2020-21 season.
Onyeka Okongwu, Atlanta Falcons
Los Angeles Lakers
“MLK Day means a lot,” LeBron James stated. “It means someone stood for something bigger than himself. He stood for the greatest of people, no matter their race, no matter their color, and he stood for love, not hate.”
Victor Oladipo, Miami Heat