Over the past 33 years, since its inauguration in 1983, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has distinguished itself as among the most meaningful days of the pro basketball season – and this year is no exception: 20 teams, many of them including Jordan Brand athletes, will take the court. In honor of the occasion, a number of the players reflect upon the significance of the day and the man it commemorates.

Victor Oladipo

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that,” is one of my favorites Dr. King quotes. Dr. King is a hero of mine and it is truly an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to play for the league on MLK Day.”

Jared Sullinger

“It’s such a blessing to be able to play a game on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Sometimes we are so focused on getting here — playing in the league — that we forget how we got here and [why we] had this opportunity in the first place. It’s really special. Blessed.”

Otto Porter Jr.

“It means a lot to play in the MLK Day game — being able to come together as equals and play the game that I love! Dr. King was courageous, a role model and gave so much hope to the people.”

Kemba Walker

“It’s motivating and refreshing to play in a diverse league, with different faces, races and ethnicities. It is a direct reflection of the goals and mission of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and I’m happy to play with all of my brothers on his day.”

Andre Drummond

“The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. I’m happy to share in the positive energy the league spreads on this day, appreciating his efforts and playing with friends of different backgrounds, collectively.”

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