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The county is celebrating Veteran’s Day today (Nov. 11) but the NBA teams and players will extend the honors of the Armed Roces as a part of NBA Cares Hoops for Troops week, which runs Nov. 7-15.

Donovan Mithcell of the UTA Jazz sported a camouflage edition of his adidas D.O.N. Issue #1 sneakers when he took on the Milwaukee Bucks. Fellow adidas athlete Damian Lillard wore camo custom Dame 6 kick to honor Trail Blazers head of security, Rick Riley, who is an Air Force veteran.


The #WashedKing LeBron James met with military members and their family ahead of the Lakers’ Veterans Night on Sunday as his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, honor local veteran Micah Herndon and surprised him with the mother, wife, and son of his fallen friend, Matt Balland, who he had not seen since the funeral in 2015.

Keeping it in the midwest, Blake Griffin and Tim Frazier met with military members following the Hoops for Troops game in Detroit on Tuesday. Tim Hardaway Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks made sure his game-worn sneakers went as a gift to a local sergeant who attended their Hoops for Troops celebratory game on Thursday.

the 76ers hosted their first Stars and Stripes clinics for the youth of the Joint Base MDL before the Military Appreciation Game against Charlotte. TJ McConnell of the Indiana Pacers connected with “sideline soldiers” that were guests of the team as they took on the Wizards at home.

Celebrations of armed forces also occurred in Utah with Georges Niang and Jeff Green hosting military families from the Hill Airforce Base for bowling, OKC’s Hamidou Diallo and Mike Muscala hosted a FIT clinic for servicemen and women from Vance Airforce Base and the Brooklyn Nets also hosting a Hoops for Troops game and clinic at Fort Hamilton, but also bringing in families to practice.

Even the league referees participated in honoring troops by donating tickets to the Tragedy Assistance Program families and hosting them courtside for warmups before the Cavs and Wizards played.


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To those who have served, and continue to serve, we thank you for your sacrifice. #HoopsForTroops #VeteransDay

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