Sunday evening’s game didn’t go as planned for the San Antonio Spurs, but that didn’t stop Patty Mills from delivering a powerful speech in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Although the San Antonio Spurs didn’t suit up for the NBA’s slate of games on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, they still honored the late Dr. King in their own way. As one of the guiding voices of the locker room, point guard Patty Mills spoke to the AT&T Center crowd about the team’s visit to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN and the lasting influence of Dr. King.
Mills, a proud Indigenous Australian, capped off his Instagram post with a short and simple quote from Dr. King: “The time is always right to do what is right.”
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The NBA has done an outstanding job of using its platform to promote equality while celebrating the cultural backgrounds of all fans and players. Some organizations choose to participate more than others and the Spurs have certainly been outspoken from a sociopolitical stance.
Spurs media sessions can shift into political/ethical discussions at times, especially considering Gregg Popovich is at the helm of the franchise. Popovich has become more than just a guru of the game, but also a pinnacle of guidance to people throughout the world. Part of the appeal that comes with playing under Pop is that he’s not just training players, he’s teaching people. His goal is to ensure that the members of his team are well-rounded both on the basketball court and in the world.
With a plethora of fans across the seven Continents, the Spurs are one of the more globally recognized brands of the NBA. The front office has been known to select players from overseas, brining fans from all corners of the world to root for San Antonio. Mills’ message wasn’t just broadcasted to the United States, but to people all around the world who’ve learned from the wisdom imparted by Martin Luther King Jr.
Mills is extremely well-spoken and clearly has a personal connection to the subject at hand, so he was definitely the right player to address the crowd.