NBA debuts ‘Barrier Breakers’ spot in celebration of MLK Day and Black History Month (VIDEO)
The NBA has traditionally celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. day in a big way, and this year is no exception.
Monday’s holiday will feature a full slate of games -- 12 in total, four of which will be nationally televised.
The league will debut its “Barrier Breakers” television spot, which can be seen in the clip above.
The clip includes a wide range of African-Americans and notable barrier breakers throughout the history of the sport including (in order of appearance): Chuck Cooper, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Yao Ming, Violet Palmer, Michael Jordan, Jason Collins, Kevin Durant, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Hamed Haddadi, Pau Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Featured teams include: Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs.