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Jordan Brand Athletes Reflect On The Legacy Of Martin Luther King Jr

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.”

LEGO Teams Up With ESPN For A Different Take On The College Football Playoff

The good folks over at LEGO and ESPN are teaming up to “build” even more excitement for this season’s College Football Playoff. They have made some cool college football models that are tiny and also life-sized built using LEGO bricks

There are even some awesome videos about the four semifinal teams and the LEGO models that have been built to celebrate the playoff season. There are mini-models that you can build to decorate your New Year’s Eve game viewing party and also a chance to win the LEGO version of the National Championship as well as a trophy signed by the ESPN College GameDay crew. For more info go to https://espn.lego.com/en-us/espn.html

ZPump Rise Looks To Change The Shoe Game On The Court

We are almost ready for the start of the NBA season. Are you ready? Reebok is! They will be releasing a game changing shoe tomorrow. Reebok’s patented Pump technology takes 360-degree custom fit back to the court with a true performance basketball sneaker.

Just like the game has evolved since the 90’s, so has one of Reebok’s most iconic technologies in sport. The ZPump Rise is unlike any other basketball shoe because it uses only 3 key lightweight parts to deliver high performance features and wearable comfort.

The fusion compression sleeve offers a seamless and irritation-free upper to enhance any modern basketball player’s game, and an internal mesh bootie lends superior ankle support with that tailored personalized feel.  But what makes this sneaker stand out from the rest is the fully customizable Pump Air-Cage that provides the foot with a locked-in custom fit and added support.

The ZPump Rise will drop in three different packs through the rest of the year and the first “Cloud Pack” is set to launch tomorrow on Thursday, October 15th, with 2 colorways of the ZPump Rise – Dark Royal/White and Black/White.

For $124.99, you can grab them at Reebok.com or Finish Line.

Ozzie Smith Surprises Cardinals Fans

Is your team still playing baseball? Are loving the MLB Playoffs? It seems that the St. Louis Cardinals are an October staple in the MLB. So Cardinal fans are surprised that often in the post season. That is unless a former St. Louis great shows up unannounced in the stands. Bank of America just released a cool video featuring Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith surprising St. Louis fans with selfies at a recent Cardinals game.

That is pretty sweet even for me who is a Boston Red Sox fan. What are your favorite baseball post season memory? You can share your #MLBmemorybank on your social media outlets.