NBA celebrates 'barrier breakers' with Martin Luther King Jr. video

Friday January 16th, 2015

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On Monday, Martin Luther King Day, many Americans will settle in for a few hours of watching NBA basketball. Thanks to this video from the NBA, they may think about how different the league (and the world) would be if not for Dr. King's efforts. 

The video highlights numerous basketball pioneers, not just the league's first black player. Yao Ming, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Hamed Haddadi and other players show the league's diversity. 

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Bill Russell, the league's first black coach and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is also featured, along with Violet Palmer, the first female NBA referee. 

- Dan Gartland

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