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NBA greats honored in Grizz MLK Jr. celebration

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(WMC-TV) – Football Hall of Fame-er Jim Brown is admired by a lot of people. But ask him who he admires and he'll say Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"I have great admiration for his dedication, his courage and his passion," said Brown.

Brown, along with basketball greats Patrick Ewing and Elgin Baylor, are in town for the Grizzlies Sports Legacy Award.

It's all part of the 11th annual MLK Jr. Game and celebration going on at the FEDex Forum.

"Ah if it wasn't for Dr. King and people like him we wouldn't be where we are right now so definitely I look up to him I respect him and I am very honored to be receiving this award in his name," said Patrick Ewing, former NBA star.

Former NBA great Elgin Baylor also says he's honored to be picking up a Civil Rights award at the FedEx Forum.

Baylor remembers a time when some hotels refused to let black athletes stay with their white teammates.

"When we got there to check in they said you two cannot stay here and it was I couldn't believe it happened," Baylor said.

At a public forum before the game all three men talked about overcoming racism.

Brown talked about the violence he claims is holding African Americans back.

"We have a tremendous problem in our country today, we have 07:21 young men fighting each other killing each other over rags red and blue rags crips and bloods ah gang members," Brown said.

And Jim Brown says this is not the last time you will see him here in Memphis - he's already making plans to bring his foundation here to this city.

Brown's foundation has already achieved success in Los Angles and other cities around the country.

He thinks it could help reduce the killings in Memphis and be right in step with Dr. King's nonviolent dream.

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