13 Days Until the Atlanta Hawks’ Season

Thursday, October 17, 2013
By Robby Kalland

MARTIN LUTHER KING

We are counting down the days until the Hawks’ season-opener in Dallas by giving you 50 things to be excited about this year. With 13 days left, today’s reason is…

MLK Day

I ranked the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day game against the Heat at the top of my countdown of the top-10 games earlier this offseason. The two visits to Atlanta by the Heat are always some of the most anticipated match-ups of the season. The annual MLK Day game also is a special occasion as the Hawks celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. King. Having the Heat come to town on MLK Day will be one of the biggest games of the regular season because it will mean so much on and off the court.

As back-to-back NBA Champions, the Heat are still the favorites in the Southeast Division and the Eastern Conference as a whole. Led by reigning MVP LeBron James, along with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Heat have a dynamic offense capable of scoring from anywhere on the court as well as a stifling defense. Their visit on MLK Day will be one of the premier games of the regular season and will be a game in which the Hawks will be able to measure their growth as a team against the best in the NBA.

Hosting the MLK Day game in Atlanta is always an honor for the Hawks organization as they get the opportunity to honor Dr. King in the town that he spent much of his life in. The Hawks take the opportunity to celebrate Dr. King’s life as well as the contributions of other leaders from the Civil Right’s movement throughout the game.

Hosting the Heat on MLK Day brings together one of the biggest on-court attractions with one of the most important days of the year off the court, and is one of the reasons we are excited for the 2013-14 season.

We also want your input. What are you most excited about this upcoming season.  Leave a comment below to let us know, and we may feature your idea in our countdown!

Day 50 – New Faces
Day 49 – First Pelicans Visit
Day 48 – Hawks Social Media
Day 47 – Dennis Schröder
Day 46 – Celebrities at Philips Arena
Day 45 – All-Star Game
Day 44 – Hawks Footwear
Day 43 – Sky Hawk and the Sky Squad
Day 42 – Bakersfield Jam
Day 41 – John Jenkins & Mike Scott
Day 40 – SkyView Atlanta
Day 39 – Drew and Pachulia’s Return
Day 38 – Junior Cheerleaders
Day 37 – Production Day
Day 36 – Hawks Intro Video
Day 35 – Overtime Games
Day 34 – Fan Experiences
Day 33 – Learning Foreign Languages
Day 32 – Gustavo Ayón
Day 31 – Open Practice
Day 30 – Live Streaming/Hawks.com
Day 29 – Ryan Cameron
Day 28 – Bob Rathbun & Dominique Wilkins
Day 27 – Paul Millsap
Day 26 – Hawks Shop
Day 25 – Players On Twitter
Day 24 – Kiss Cam
Day 23 – Hawks 6th Man
Day 22 – Harry The Hawk
Day 21 – Junior Cheerleaders
Day 20 – Hawks In Transition
Day 19 – Crazy Half-Court Shots at Halftime
Day 18 – DeMarre Carroll
Day 17 – Hawks Cheerleaders
Day 16 – Dunks
Day 15 – Al Horford’s Mid-Range Game
Day 14 – Friday Night Lights

Photo from mlkcommission.dls.virginia.gov

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