Jan 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; The State Farm Arena is shown prior to a MLK day game in between the Atlanta Hawks and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Martin Luther King Day. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
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With the Atlanta Hawks playing the Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals, many NBA fans are questioning what does MLK mean on the Hawks jerseys.
The Atlanta Hawks are looking to even up the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks with a Game 4 victory on Tuesday night. But, they will have to do so without star Trae Young, who is ruled out due to a bone swelling in his best foot.
Atlantas uniforms are created a black, white and gold colorway as a nod to Kings membership in the first Black Greek-letter fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. Additionally, there are 22 stars included on both sides of the shorts, which represents the 29 times King was imprisoned for defending equality.
You can check out the full information of the Hawks City Edition uniforms on the teams official website.
Atlanta used these uniforms 10 times throughout the regular season, where they hold a 9-1 overall record. In addition, the Hawks are 2-1 when wearing these uniforms throughout the NBA Playoffs.
Atlanta took the court against the Hawks by using their “MLK” Nike City Edition uniforms. Naturally, these uniforms are in honor of civil liberties movement leader and Atlantas own Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
. Hawks using MLK jerseys for Game 4 vs. Bucks
The Hawks partnered with the NBA, NBAPA and the King Estate to produce these uniforms.