As per usual, the National Basketball Association will honor the late great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a full slate.
The best basketball league on the planet will give us nine exciting games throughout the whole day to make the most of this holiday.
First, the Boston Celtics will visit the Charlotte Hornets at 1:00 PM, followed by Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks (2:30 PM), Golden State Warriors at Washington Wizards (3:00 PM), Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks (3:00 PM), New Orleans Pelicans at Cleveland Cavaliers (3:00 PM), Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks (3:30 PM), Utah Jazz at Minnesota Timberwolves (4:00 PM), Phoenix Suns at Memphis Grizzlies (6:00 PM), and Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 PM), all times Eastern.
The NBA schedule on #MLKDay!
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Notably, the Association has embraced and celebrated this holiday since it was first observed all the way back in 1986, with the sole exception of the lockout-shortened 1998-99 campaign.
Unsurprisingly, the league often features the most popular teams for this nationally-televised slate, with the New York Knicks holding the record for most games on MLK day with 36, followed by the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers (32 each).
Also, the NBA usually involves the Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies in this celebration, with both hosting games as they mark Dr. King’s hometown and place of assassination.
Needless to say, all teams will honor Dr. King during their broadcasts, with players sharing some words and wearing commemorative T-shirts pregame.
Notably, the league will resume its usual schedule for night games on Tuesday, January 17, with just four games on the slate.