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Cleveland Cavaliers’ Donovan Mitchell Displays MLK Tribute Sneakers

The title of Dr. King's most enduring speech, "I Have a Dream," appeared on the back of the sneakers.

The celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is an acknowledgement of the great work that the civil rights leader did 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, NBA player Donovan Mitchell did so while taking to the basketball court for a Jan. 15 game.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell put on a pair of sneakers that honored Dr. King in celebration of his birthdate. The footwear was a pair of his signature sneakers with Adidas, D.O.N. Issue 5s. The title of Dr. King’s most famous speech, “I Have a Dream,” which was delivered during the March on Washington in 1963, appeared on the back of the sneakers, along with the words “Respect, Peace, Love, Equality, Justice, Peace.” The sneakers he wore had a black-and-white color colorway with gold accents.

The Cavaliers, who are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference, played against the Chicago Bulls, who are in ninth place and out of the playoff picture, and beat them 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, and the way he’s been 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 on Jan. 17, Mitchell made his 11,000th career NBA point. 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.

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