MLK Day 2021 (Jan. 18) marks the 35th anniversary of the tradition of NBA basketball on the national holiday - the birth anniversary of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
On that day and every day, the league honours his life and legacy through leaguewide efforts to bring people together and take action in our communities.
In the wake of the social injustices in 2020, the league's players, coaches and leaders were part of peaceful protests and demonstrations in their respective communities.
NBA on MLK Day 2021
The NBA will celebrate MLK Day 2021 with a slate of seven games, beginning at 12pm E.T. with the Orlando Magic taking on the New York Knicks at the Madison Square Garden. It will be capped off with the Golden State Warriors taking on the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers at the STAPLES Center at 10pm E.T.
In the lead-up to the day, teams playing on Jan. 14-18, sported custom Nike MLK Day warm-up t-shirts designed in collaboration with the NBPA, MLK Foundation and Martin Luther King III.
MLK Day 2021 Game and Canada TV Schedule
- Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks - 12:00 p.m. ET, SN One / SN National
- Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Atlanta Hawks - 2:30 p.m. ET, TSN
- Portland Trail Blazers vs. San Antonio Spurs - 3:00 p.m. ET, League Pass
- Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 5:00 p.m. ET, TSN
- Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 7:30 p.m. ET, League Pass
- Dallas Mavericks vs. Toronto Raptors - 7:30 p.m. ET, TSN
- Detroit Pistons vs. Miami Heat - 8:00 p.m. ET, League Pass
- Chicago Bulls vs. Houston Rockets - 8:00 p.m. ET, League Pass
- Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 10:00 p.m. ET, TSN
In these times of the COVID-19 pandemic, movement has been restricted but in previous years, in the lead-up to MLK Day, NBA players would visit The National Civil Right Museum in Memphis, TN, a historical place that illuminates the culture and lessons from the Civil Rights Movement.
Stay tuned to NBA.com to catch more of the NBA celebrate and honour the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
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