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Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers is no stranger to music, and he is no stranger to social issues affecting our country.
The NBA All-Star guard, also known as Dame D.O.L.L.A. (Different On Levels the Lord Allows), is as serious about expressing himself as an artist as he is about excelling on the basketball court.
That is what prompted him to write "Bigger Than Us," a song that perpetuates an important message of hope. Lillard explained the theme of the song and video in an MLK Day special on the NBA A to Z podcast:
Everything that happens goes both ways. We will never know every single fact. That's the main reason I just look at being positive, everyone standing as one. ... When you stand together, a lot more can always be accomplished.
Happy Mother's Day! Here's hoping you sons out there didn't forget. A number of athletes sure didn't, taking to social media to share photos and deliver special messages to some of the most important women in their lives.
Kevin Durant, whose emotional NBA MVP acceptance speech included much love for his mother, Wanda Pratt, shared this powerful image before his Oklahoma City Thunder took on the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal:
Teammate Russell Westbrook was among many other NBA stars to take time out -- some from their still-active playoff runs -- to show their love. Also among them: Paul George, the Indiana Pacers All-Star whose mother, Paulette, suffered a stroke when he was 10.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sent a greeting to his mother and sister, while teammate NaVorro Bowman got his mom quite the gift:
Newly minted draft picks Sammy Watkins and Carlos Hyde joined NFL players Cameron Jordan and Chance Warmack in talking about their favorite mom-related memories:
And on the baseball diamond, where teams throughout Major League Baseball are using pink balls, bats, cleats and other accessories, the Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez went an extra step to show love for all the moms of the world:
The field for the 2014 NBA dunk contest reportedly has been confirmed, with Paul George, Damian Lillard and John Wall hoping to join the list of stars who also won the event. But this competition, of course, isn't all about big names; last year's winner, Terrence Ross, is back to defend his title, Harrison Barnes and Ben McLemore round out the 2014 field, and the list of past winners certainly contains some eyebrow-raisers.
We gave you one already. How many of the past 15 champions can you name?
Note: There was no dunk contest in 1998 or 1999.More games from ESPN Arcade »