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NBA hoops and the MLK Jr. holiday

Originally Published: January 16, 2012
By Scoop Jackson | ESPN.com

Every year, I've hosted what we call "The Jump Off."

(Note to anyone under the age of 35 who might be reading this: Don't get the lingo twisted. Our "Jump Off" is about the beginning of something. Nothing else.)

In the past, it's been a party to celebrate the opening night of the new NBA season, the beginning. Food, drinks, fellas, relatives, laughs, arguments, love. It's our annual excuse to use basketball as a reunion. To make sure we stay connected, to make sure ...

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