6:20 PM PT – LeBron James and all of his Lakers teammates participated in their knee-jerk demonstration during the anthem before turning against the LA Clippers.
The Clippers got on their knees … along with all the coaches, workers and referees working the game.
4:44 PM PT – NBA beginners Adam Silver is addressing the decision of both teams to kneel before the game, and says they will not face punishment for the gesture.
“I respect the unified act of peaceful protest of our teams for social justice and under these unique circumstances will not enforce our long-standing rule while playing our national anthem.”
A strong moment from the restart of the NBA – where every single player in both the New Orleans Pelicans and the Utah Jazz took a knee in solidarity during the national anthem.
It was quite a statement Thursday evening at the first official NBA restart game – set in the bubble environment at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
It seems that every coach and referee in the building also got a knee next to stars like them Rudy Gobert, Ballun Lonzo, Zion Williamson u Donovan Mitchell.
All players were wearing jerseys of “Black Lives Matter” – and they were standing behind BLM art in the center court.
The anthem was performed by a musician Jon Batiste – instrumental delivery with guitar and heavy piano elements.
The players were arm during the anthem – some players raised their fists.
After the hymn, Shaquille O’Neal praised everyone involved – saying her knees were “beautiful to be made in the union – beautiful to see.”
He added, “We have to keep fighting, keep moving … now we have to go vote.”
Charles Barkley He also weighed … he said, “If people don’t kneel, they’re not a bad person. I want to make it clear.”
Barkley added that if a person chooses not to conceive, “they should not be deceived.”
Needless to say, the movement of his knees was initiated by Colin Kaepernick who says the point of the demonstration is to pay attention to police brutality and social injustice.
The NBA allowed players to change their name on the back of their jerseys with social justice messages.
The Jersey of Zion says “Peace.” Lonzo Ball’s says “Equality.” Brandon Ingramsays “Freedom.” Mike ConleyHe says “I’m a Man.”
Originally published – 15.55 PM PT