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Sports Spurs defend Gregg Popovich for standing instead of kneeling during national anthem

18:20  01 august  2020
18:20  01 august  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Popovich has often defended former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and Like the opening games, Friday's matchups began with more demonstrations during the national anthem . Orlando forward Jonathan Isaac did not

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla - The accomplished NBA coach has forcefully spoken out on systemic racism both through words and action. But despite the majority of NBA players and coaches kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich stood before the Kings-Spurs games on Saturday. Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon also stood.

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DeRozan defends Spurs coaches for standing during anthem (1:15). DeMar DeRozan speaks with the media after the Spurs defeated the Kings and defends coaches Gregg Popovich and Becky Hammon for standing instead of taking a knee during the anthem .

Richard Jefferson, Adam Amin & Bernard Gray discuss Gregg Popovich and Becky Hammon’s decision to stand for the national anthem BERNARD GRAY: A few days ago, he made the decision, along with Becky Hammon, to stand during the national anthem when everyone else was kneeling .

"I prefer to keep that to myself," said Popovich, who is the head coach of USA Basketball and graduated from United States Air Force Academy in 1970 . "Everybody has to make a personal decision. The league has been great about that. Everybody has the freedom to react any way that they want. For whatever reasons that I have, I reacted the way I wanted to."

Beforehand, Popovich had said that each player and coach should decide what they should do during the anthem. In an NBA recorded PSA, however, Popovich stressed the importance for the country at large to continue its protests and efforts to fight racial inequality. Popovich has often defended former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. Popovich has already criticized President Donald Trump for his racially divisive rhetoric.

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"With Pop and Becky standing, I have no thoughts (contrary to) belief in them that is all out of genuine, out of a positive side of their heart,"  Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan said. "Same way we kneel. Don't take away nothing from those guys. Pop speaks out. When it comes to Becky, she's been (on the) front line, fighting for equality since I've been a fan of hers playing in the WNBA. So everybody has their own right of making a statement and you can't vilify nobody for not doing what the other group is doing. I'm all for it."

a group of people on a court: Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich stands as other players and staff kneel. © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich stands as other players and staff kneel.

Sights and sounds inside the bubble

Like the opening games, Friday's matchups began with more demonstrations during the national anthem. Orlando forward Jonathan Isaac did not kneel for the national anthem with the rest of the team. Isaac later said he discussed his decision with teammates, who supported his choice.

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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sharply ripped NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for folding under pressure from president Donald Trump in the past when it came to national anthem protests.

Portland Trail Blazers big man Jusuf Nurkic made his triumphant return to the court 16 months after suffering a gruesome broken leg but later said he played with a heavy heart. After the Blazers' win, Nurkic revealed his grandmother is in a coma in Bosnia after contracting COVID-19. He made an emotional plea for people to treat the pandemic seriously: "Please take care of yourself. Wear a damn mask."

Marcus Smart expressed his displeasure with a key call late in the Boston Celtics' loss against the Milwaukee Bucks. Smart appeared to draw a charge on Giannis Antetokounmpo with 1:28 left that would have been the Bucks star's sixth foul. After a review, though, officials changed the call to a blocking foul on Smart. Antetokounmpo scored on the play and hit the ensuing free throw to put Milwaukee ahead 110-107 on their way to a 119-112 win.

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"The excuse was I was late on the charge," Smart said afterwards. "The replay center said I was late and it was a block. Quite frankly, I think we all know what that was about. Giannis has six fouls. They didn't want to get him out. Let's just call a spade a spade. That's just what it is."

Jaylen Brown had Smart's back, taking to Instagram after the game to post a picture of two people holding hands with the superimposed heads of Antetokounmpo and referee Ken Mauer.

Spotted among the virtual fans on the video screen for the Rockets-Mavericks game: Dallas legend Dirk Nowitzki.

Friday's games

Magic 128, Nets 118: Orlando led by as many as 30 on the way to an easy win and moved past Brooklyn into seventh place in the East.

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Blazers 140, Grizzlies 135 (OT): Portland held on for the victory in an exciting finish to pull within 2½ games of Memphis for eight in the West.

Suns 125, Wizards 112: Devin Booker scored 27 points and Deandre Ayton added 24 as Phoenix took control with a 16-0 run in the second quarter.

Bucks 119, Celtics 112: Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 36 points and 15 rebounds as Milwaukee used a late push to win the matchup of East contenders.

Spurs 129, Kings 120: DeMar DeRozan scored 17 of his 27 points in the fourth as San Antonio pulled away despite a career-high 39 points from Sacramento's De'Aaron Fox.

Rockets 153, Mavericks 149 (OT): James Harden had 49 points and Russell Westbrook added 31 as Houston outlasted Dallas in a wild overtime thriller.

Saturday's schedule

All times Eastern. All games available on League Pass.

  • Heat vs. Nuggets, 1 (ESPN)
  • Jazz vs. Thunder, 3:30 (ESPN)
  • Pelicans vs. Clippers, 6 (ESPN)
  • Sixers vs. Pacers, 7
  • Lakers vs. Raptors, 8:30 (ESPN)

State of the playoff race

It's still early in the seeding games, but Friday saw a couple notable results with impact on the standings. Portland's win over Memphis was huge, helping the Blazers gain ground on the Grizzlies for eighth in the West. The victory should boost Portland's confidence moving forward against a tough remaining schedule. San Antonio is just a half-game behind the Blazers. Orlando could have the inside track for the No. 7 seed in the East after topping a depleted Brooklyn squad.

The remaining six teams that have not yet played will take the floor Saturday for the first time. With a couple key matchups between conference contenders, the race for playoff seeding could start to take shape.

Lakers star LeBron James still struggling to adjust to playing without fans

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NATIONAL ANTHEM: Power of kneeling has changed — or have we?

GRIND IT OUT: Lakers and Clippers show what will determine NBA champ

POWER RANKINGS: How all 22 teams in Orlando stack up for restart

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