NBA players, coaches appreciate chance to play on MLK Day

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January 22, 2019 - 10:09 AM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant cherishes the opportunity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by playing basketball on the holiday that celebrates the civil rights leader.

“What MLK meant to the nation and just his message around the world. Still to this day his message has touched so many people,” Durant said. “It’s a good opportunity to play on that day. For us it just means a lot. We carry so much. Each one of us has different journeys throughout life and for us to meet at this point to come out and play a game so special on such a special day, hopefully it brings more people together.”

There will be another full slate of NBA games with 22 of the league’s 30 teams playing on Monday. Knicks coach David Fizdale appreciates how the NBA gives so many teams the chance to play on MLK Day — unlike the more limited schedule on Christmas.

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