Yesterday marked Martin Luther King’s day across the US, which made Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers talk about all of King’s achievements to his players. Rivers shared a story about how he was only a boy when King died, but that moment left a significant impact on him because he saw all of his family members crying. Rivers said he will always remember that moment because, in a lot of ways shaped some of the things he was going through later in life.
Rivers believes some of the things King fought against in his time are back in today’s world and how it’s up to the younger generation to stand against that. Rivers remembers the segregation he had to face when growing up in Chicago and said that even though we’ve come a long way, the younger generation will have to fight against similar things in the future.
“What King’s generation did was they got involved. They did something. So that’s gonna be for your generation. Yall cannot allow that to grow. You can’t. For your kids, you just can’t allow that to grow, and you can deal with that and do that in any way you want to, but I’m telling you that has to stop, and ya’ll have to be a part of it. Not meaning athletes, just youth, young people. All right. “
The message Rivers delivered to his team is bigger than basketball and something the younger generation needs to hear if they want to be educated on the topic that is important for their daily lives. NBA has done a lot in that regard and continues to address the issues that matter and have a real impact on the community.