Legends like Bill Russell inspired future black athletes like Jaylen Brown to no longer be silent in the face of social injustices. This OG expressed the importance of education and the responsibility they have to continue to have the hard conversations. While navigating the American education system, Jaylen Brown saw first hand the disparity between the students, which led to his program building a bridge from higher education to low income communities.
“The social justice issue that I'm most interested in and most active in is education reform.”Jaylen Brown
Respect Your OG’s is a segment where current NBA players pay homage to their NBA heroes, sharing stories of their favorite past legends who paid it forward for a good cause and how it inspired them to build their own legacy off the court. These athletes are using their platforms to raise awareness and challenge social injustices. Like each player has their own skillset on the court, they each have their own mission to give back.
When Enes Kanter thinks of an OG he thinks of Jalen Rose, someone who inspires to be multi-skilled in life with the ability to adapt roles to whatever the situation calls for, both on or off the court.
Marcus Smart shares why an affinity for Grant Hill inspires him to be remembered for being more than just a basketball player. Hill showed him it was possible to be a gamechanger both on and off the court.