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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

Popovich: Standing for anthem is 'personal decision'

  Popovich: Standing for anthem is 'personal decision' San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich elected not to kneel with his and the Sacramento Kings players during the national anthem Friday. Popovich didn't reveal his reasons for standing but simply referred to them as personal. "I'd prefer to keep that to myself," he said postgame, according to Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press. "Everybody has to make a personal decision. The league's been great about that; everybody has the freedom to react any way they want. For whatever reasons I have, I reacted the way I wanted to.

Gregg Popovich stands for national anthem as Spurs players kneel , declines to explain why. Jack BaerWriter. Yahoo SportsAugust 1, 2020, 7:52 AM. Friday’s game between the San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings saw nearly every person on the court take a knee during the national anthem to

Gregg Popovich stands for national anthem as Spurs players kneel , declines to explain why. Gregg Popovich on standing during anthem : "I prefer to keep that to myself.

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.

Heat's Leonard says he stood for U.S. anthem out of respect for military

  Heat's Leonard says he stood for U.S. anthem out of respect for military As teammates and opponents kneeled, Miami Heat center Meyers Leonard stood for the U.S. national anthem before Saturday's game against the Denver Nuggets. Prior to the contest, Leonard explained his decision to Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press, referencing his brother who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan with the Marines, as well as friends who are Navy SEALS. "I absolutely believe Black lives matter," the 28-year-old said. He added: "Some of the conversations I've had over the past three days, quite literally, have been the most difficult.

Spurs players kneeled during the national anthem . Gregg Popovich and Becky Hammon stoodpic.twitter.com/6OIt2lJTfq. Here’s Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on why he decided to stand during the national anthem . Please don’t get it twisted.

Friday’s game between the San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings saw nearly every person on the court take a knee during the national anthem to protest racial Yahoo News Photo Staff. Magic forward Jonathan Isaac explains why he didn't kneel or wear Black Lives Matter shirt during anthem .

"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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  Popovich applauds Silver, NBA for leadership in making bubble work San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich doesn't believe it's luck that the NBA campus hasn't reported a positive COVID-19 test in the last three weeks. "There's absolutely no doubt that the NBA, under the leadership of Adam Silver, has done a magnificent job of being visionaries in the sense of looking at the big picture and trying to figure out what unintended consequences may appear," Popovich said Wednesday, according to USA TODAY's Mark"There's absolutely no doubt that the NBA, under the leadership of Adam Silver, has done a magnificent job of being visionaries in the sense of looking at the big picture and trying to figure out what unintended consequences may appear," Popovich said Wednesday, acco

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich , fourth from left, stands while wearing a mask while Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton, center, kneels with players The San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings players and staff take a knee in peaceful protest during the national anthem

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich chose not to kneel before his team's NBA game and said that it was a 'personal decision'. However, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and assistant coach Becky Hammon elected not to kneel . When asked about his decision to stand during the national anthem

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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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  Spurs' 22-year playoff streak on line as NBA restart begins The San Antonio Spurs will try to extend the longest active playoff streak in North American major sports without LaMarcus Aldridge and with a decent mathematical chance to sneak into the final post-season spot in the Western Conference. The 22-season run is on the mind of guard Patty Mills, along with coach Gregg Popovich's view that the Spurs will be more preoccupied with the future than whether they avoid missing the playoffs for the first time since a couple of months before they drafted Tim Duncan in 1997. “It’s important,” Mills said of trying to extend the streak.

NBA players, coaches and referees have knelt during the national anthem in silent protest of systemic racism prior to regular-season games taking place during the One of them is San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich , who stood during the anthem prior to his team's 129-120 win over the

Hammon, one of Popovich ’s assistant coaches, also stood . She draped one arm over the shoulders of Spurs assistant Will Hardy, kneeling to her right, and the Isaac did not wear the shirt. He wore his white Orlando jersey instead , standing with his hands behind his back, the ordained minister praying

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.

LeBron James says NBA will go on whether or not Donald Trump watches it

  LeBron James says NBA will go on whether or not Donald Trump watches it The Lakers star says he speaks for everyone who loves basketball: "We could(n't) care less."James told reporters Wednesday night that the "basketball community" isn't concerned that Trump said he'll change the channel whenever he sees players taking a knee during the national anthem. Earlier in the day, Trump reiterated to Fox News' "Fox and Friends" morning show that kneeling is, in his eyes, disrespectful to the American flag.

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Hammon, one of Popovich 's assistant coaches, also stood . She draped one arm over the shoulders of Spurs assistant Will Hardy, kneeling to her right Magic forward Jonathan Isaac was the only player to stand during the national anthem and wore his own jersey instead of a 'Black Lives Matter' shirt.

"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.

Mitchell calls protests 'monumental' as Jazz, Pelicans reportedly discuss kneeling

  Mitchell calls protests 'monumental' as Jazz, Pelicans reportedly discuss kneeling The Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly discussed kneeling in unison during the playing of the national anthem before their opening night matchup on Thursday. Although Jazz star Donovan Mitchell didn't confirm the report or reveal how the two teams would jointly protest, he did acknowledge the significance of the NBA's restart on Black history and equality. "To be able to speak to people who don't have voices, I think it's trulyAlthough Jazz star Donovan Mitchell didn't confirm the report or reveal how the two teams would jointly protest, he did acknowledge the significance of the NBA's restart on Black history and equality.

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.

All NBA players of the first game kneel during the anthem

 All NBA players of the first game kneel during the anthem © Ashley Landis / Pool AP / dpa All players of the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz kneel in front of a “Black Lives Matter” lettering. To start the rest of the season in the NBA, all players in the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans knelt down just before playing the US national anthem. The basketball players also wore black T-shirts with white letters and the slogan “Black lives matter”.

Essential reading

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WHERE WERE WE? State of the playoff race as the season resumes

HEAVY HEART: Nurkic reveals grandmother is in coma with COVID-19

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

BURNING QUESTIONS: Best in the West? What's at stake for Bucks?

PREDICTIONS: Our picks for 2020 season awards and NBA champion

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Spurs defend Gregg Popovich for standing instead of kneeling during national anthem


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