Since Martin Luther King Jr. Day became a national holiday in 1983, it has bloomed into one of the most important and meaningful days on the NBA's regular-season schedule. Twenty-four teams take the court today, and throughout the league, players, coaches and organizations have taken to social media to pay their respects to both the occasion and Dr. King himself.
Here's a selection of some of the best, starting with this genuinely moving spot put together by the NBA.
Many NBA players, including Golden State's Steph Curry and New Orleans' Anthony Davis, tweeted their thoughts. Aaron Gordon also had an especially unique, thought-provoking perspective.
Remembering Dr Martin Luthr King Jr. Today & everyday for his vision, passion & commitment to change or society for the better. Thank you!— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) January 19, 2015
I'm black and white, who knows who or where I would be with out MLKs understanding of human potential. Your philosophy will live forever— AG (@IamAaronGordon) January 19, 2015
Thank you http://t.co/xYwJR0lFi7— Tyson Chandler (@tysonchandler) January 19, 2015
Thanks for showing US the way..#MLK— Reggie Bullock (@ReggieBullock35) January 19, 2015
ITS AN HONOR TO PLAY ON MLK DAY.!!! #TRULYBLESSED— JAE CROWDER (@CJC9BOSS) January 19, 2015
Today we honor the man who paved the way for many. "A man who won't die for something is not fit to... http://t.co/P61sC6QZmL— Charlie Villanueva (@CVBelieve) January 19, 2015
The league has also been tweeting some of Dr. King's more famous quotes, and it has put together commemorative warm-ups for today's games. The Timberwolves and Hornets will be among the teams wearing them.
The Knicks and Kings each passed along a video tribute.
And finally, if you're looking for something a little lengthier, our own J.A. Adande has a great cherry on top:
Recently discovered recording of Martin Luther King speech at UCLA in 1965 https://t.co/4h1Mp8g0pn— J.A. Adande (@jadande) January 19, 2015