NBA to celebrate MLK Day with games, events Monday

FILE-LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks on to the court before the game against the Golden State Warriors on Martin Luther King Day at Staples Center on January 18, 2021. (Harry How/Getty Images)

As the nation prepares to commemorate the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with celebrations, the NBA will have its annual schedule of games on Monday, Jan. 16. 

The civil rights icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner dedicated his life to achieving racial equality. King would have celebrated his 94th birthday Monday. 

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Nine NBA games are scheduled, including the traditional home games in King’s birthplace of Atlanta and Memphis, where he was killed at the age of 39. The nationally televised games are listed below.

NBA MLK Day national television schedule

Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte Hornets-1 p.m. ET NBA TV

Indiana Pacers vs. Milwaukee Bucks-2:30 p.m. ET NBA League Pass

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Cleveland Cavaliers-3 p.m. ET NBA League Pass

Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks-3 p.m. ET NBA League Pass

Golden State Warriors vs. Washington Wizards-3 p.m. ET NBA League Pass

Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks-3:30 p.m. ET TNT

Utah Jazz vs. Minnesota Timberwolves-4 p.m. ET NBA League Pass

Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies-6 p.m. ET TNT

Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers-10:30 p.m. ET NBA TV

Several NBA teams will have celebrations and events on MLK Day. The Washington Wizards will wear "Now is the Time to Make Justice a Reality for All" warmup shirts. And the team will also honor Dr. King with a pregame panel, according to the team’s website

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The Milwaukee Bucks are hosting a nonprofit fair during Monday’s game inspired by King’s "volunteerism and community advocacy," the Bucks shared on their website. In Memphis, the Grizzlies will host events honoring the legacy of King, and the Atlanta Hawks will have an event and a performance during the game as a tribute to the civil rights leader. 

This story was reported from Washington, D.C.