On, January 21, the 22nd anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday, the NBA will honor Dr. King's legacy during the 13 games played that day.

Be sure to tune in to see the Celtics and Knicks take the court on NBA TV at 1 p.m. ET, followed by three more nationally televised games on TNT -- the Bulls take on the Grizzlies in Memphis (home of the Civil Rights Museum) at 5:30 p.m. ET, the Cavaliers and Heat renew their Eastern Conference rivalry at 8 p.m. ET, and the Lakers and Nuggets vie for Western Conference supremacy at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Build the Dream: The Washington D.C. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Game Schedule

1 p.m. NBA TV Boston Celtics at New York Knicks
1 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Washington Wizards
1 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Charlotte Bobcats
2 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Philadelphia 76ers
2 p.m. Portland Trailblazers at Atlanta
2:30 p.m. Seattle Supersonics at Houston Rockets
3:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at New Orleans Hornets
3:30 p.m. Utah Jazz at L.A. Clippers
4:00 p.m. Minnesotta Timberwolves at G.S. Warriors
5:30 p.m. - TNT Chicago Bulls at Memphis Grizzlies
7:00 p.m. Detriot Pistons at Orlando Magic
8:00 p.m. - TNT Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat
10:30 p.m. - TNT Denver Nuggets at L.A. Lakers

(All times Eastern)

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today."

-- Martin Luther King Jr., Speech at Civil Rights March on Washington, Aug. 28, 1963

Grizzlies Honor Lanier

MEMPHIS, December 27, 2007 -- The Memphis Grizzlies will be hosting the Sixth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Game and Celebration on January 21 when they host the Chicago Bulls, and will honor NBA legend Bob Lanier for his contributions to civil and human rights. The celebration is presented by the Memphis Grizzlies, National Civil Rights Museum, City of Memphis and Shelby County.

Lanier is this year’s recipients of the National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award in the international category. The award pays tribute to athletes who have made significant contributions to civil and human rights and who have laid the foundation for future leaders through their careers in sports in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

-- Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

NBA Presents Live Games and Programming to Fans in Europe

NEW YORK, Jan. 18, 2008 -- The NBA and its partners will give fans in Europe the opportunity to watch live games in prime time as part of the league’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Fans in France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and Turkey will be able to enjoy up to 15 consecutive hours of NBA programming, 13 live games and special tributes honoring Dr. King that will be integrated into game broadcasts.

As part of the comprehensive coverage, reigning NBA MVP Dirk Nowitzki and Chicago Bulls star Luol Deng pre-recorded segments to present their team’s live games -- Dallas vs. Washington on Premiere Sport in Germany (7 p.m.); and Chicago vs. Memphis on Five US in the United Kingdom (11 p.m.). In a segment called “Frag Dirk” (Ask Dirk), Nowitzki will answer questions posted by fans in online videos through a promotion with Premiere.
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Kobe Bryant visits the MLK Memorial.
Red Carpet Interviews At 'The Dream Concert'
Check out Red Carpet interviews with NBA Legends and Commissioner David Stern, who co-chaired 'The Dream Concert', a historic gathering of the top musicians in the country to benefit the building of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington.

Build the Dream: MLK National Memorial
Nobelprize.org: Martin Luther King Biography
MLKday.gov: Day of Service