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.
“These days you see more and more athletes using their platforms to make a difference in the world, but athletes from earlier generations deserve credit for paving that road.”Harrison Barnes
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.
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.