Martin Luther King Jr. Day has become one of the marquee holidays of the NBA season with a full slate of games every year.

The teams playing on MLK Day always pay homage to Dr. King, honoring one of the most important people in American history. From MLK-inspired warmup shirts to players delivering heartfelt pregame speeches to in-game tribute videos, the Civil Rights activist is at the forefront of every game played on the holiday.

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Take a look at how Dr. King was honored throughout the NBA schedule on MLK Day.

NBA teams pay tribute on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr.-inspired warmup shirts

Celtics star Jayson Tatum donning the MLK-inspired warmup shirts ahead of Celtics vs. Hornets.

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Pregame speeches on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Grant Williams, the Vice President of the NBA Players Association, addressed the crowd in Charlotte to speak on Dr. King’s impact on the players today.

The Wizards and Warriors took a special moment to recognize the family of Martin Luther King Jr. ahead of the game.

The Hawks, who typically play at home on MLK Day as the birthplace of Dr. King, always do it big for the holiday. They had a choir do player intros and John Collins delivered a pregame speech.

The Grizzlies also always play at home in Memphis on MLK Day as a memorial of the location Dr. King was assassinated. Jaren Jackson Jr. spoke to the crowd ahead of the Grizzlies’ game on the holiday.

Martin Luther King Jr. tribute videos


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