The NBA has a long and rich history with the military. Here's a look at the strong bond over the years, beginning with LeBron James and a soldier after Miami Heat Training Camp in 2010 on Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
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Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich greets Wounded Warrior soldiers during the Spurs Open Practice at the AT& T Center in 2011.
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Jameer Nelson bumps fists with a member of the Armed Forces during Seats for Soldiers night before a game against the Toronto Raptors in 2010.
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Spencer Hawes of the Philadelphia 76ers poses with soldiers after a 2010 game against the New Jersey Nets.
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Members of the Armed Forces graced the court during a 2012 game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers.
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NBA legend and U.S. Navy veteran David Robinson introduces the United States Air Force Academy Choir before they perform the U.S. national anthem prior to the start of the 54th All-Star Game, part of 2005 NBA All-Star Weekend.
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Cleveland Cavaliers legend Sedric Toney presents replica jerseys to members of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines from Brook Park, Ohio, during a halftime presentation in 2006.
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Tyson Chandler poses with members of the Armed Forces during the National Team Open Practice at the DC Armory in 2012.
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Rajon Rondo high fives soldiers before a 2013 game against the Charlotte Bobcats.
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A fan shows his support for the Los Angeles Lakers and the troops during the game against the Atlanta Hawks in 2003.
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The Dallas Mavericks hosted Seats For Soldiers at a 2007 game against the Utah Jazz.
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Actor Chris Tucker poses with a soldier on Seats for Soldiers night during a 2009 game between the Orlando Magic and the Atlanta Hawks.
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Soldiers are honored for Memorial Day before the start of a Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers playoff game in 2009.
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Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks poses with amember of the United States Air Force before a 2009 game against the Golden State Warriors.
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A Cleveland Cavaliers Girl supports the United States Air Force during a 2006 game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
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Kevin Garnett with a member of the 934th Airlift Wing as part of the Timberwolves' 2004 Operation Minnesota Heroes, a program honoring and recognizing Minnesota troops that served in the Middle East.
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Kobe Bryant receives some U.S. Navy momentos from Chief Petty Officer Lawrence Sivils following Sivils' 2005 reinlistment ceremony at which Bryant assisted as a witness during training camp at the University of Hawaii.
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Sailors Christopher Huff, left, and Andrew Morgan pose with NBA great and Michigan State alum Magic Johnson aboard the USS Carl Vinson in San Diego in 2011.
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Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, greets servicemen during a 2006 game against the Detroit Pistons.
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Robert Horry takes time to pose before a 2005 Spurs-Hawks game with Sgt. Jonathon Witham, Staff Sgt. Brian L. Miller II, Staff Sgt. Marlow Mejia and Sgt. Daniel Angelo during Military Appreciation Night in San Antonio.
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Dwyane Wade poses with a soldier after Training Camp practice in 2010 at Aderholt Gym in Hurlburt Field, Fla.
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