The celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a holiday we cherish as we acknowledge the great work that the civil rights leader did that helped push to obtain equal rights in this country. Every year in January, people find ways to memorialize a great leader, and last week, according to ESPN, an NBA player did so while taking to the basketball court on the day of the game last Monday, Jan. 15.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell put on a pair of sneakers to honor Dr. King on the celebration of his birth date. The footwear was a pair of his signature sneakers with adidas, D.O.N. Issue 5’s. The title of Dr. King’s most famous speech, “I Have a Dream” (revealed during the March on Washington in 1963) appears on the back of the sneakers. Right over the title are the words, “Respect, Peace, Love, Equality, Justice, Peace” on the sneakers. The sneakers he wore had a black-and-white color palette with gold accents.
The Cavaliers, who are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference played against the Chicago Bulls, who are in ninth place, currently out of the playoff picture and beat them convincingly by a score of 109-91. Mitchell, the leading scorer on the Cavaliers’ team scored 34 points with seven assists while going 11-for-21 from the field (52.4%) and hitting eight free throws out of eight attempts.
The sneakers, as well as the way he is playing lately helped Mitchell reach a milestone two days after that game, according to Sportskeeda, when he scored during a 135-95 rout against the Milwaukee Bucks last Wednesday, Jan.17. He made his 11,000 career NBA point in a 135-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks last Wednesday. He had a game-high 31 points, pulled down five rebounds, and dished out seven assists. The numbers were a little higher than his per-game average of 28.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.8 assists this season.
Donovan Mitchell Displays MLK Tribute Sneakers