Bucks and Pistons kneel before their game after tip-off of Wednesday’s Celtics and Heat game kneel for national anthem
Several NBA teams expressed dismay with words and behavior on Wednesday after a violent mob loyal to the U.S. The United States was stormed by President Donald Trump. Capitol and in reaction to a decision by a prosecutor in Wisconsin not to charge a police officer who last year shot a black man. In Milwaukee, on their first plays, both the Bucks and Detroit Pistons committed turnovers – knowingly, when all 10 players on the court took a knee.
In Miami, in a game where most players and coaches knelt during the national anthem, the Heat and Boston Celtics released a joint statement that they were playing “with heavy hearts”
And in Phoenix, for the American and Canadian anthems, the Suns and Toronto Raptors stood in a circle and crossed their arms. A crowd prevented Congress earlier in the day at the Capitol from certifying the November election results and paving the way for President-elect Joe Biden to be sworn in later this month. “It’s an embarrassing and shameful day in our country,” said New Orleans coach Stan Van Gundy.UNITED. Pic.twitter.com/RCUuGY4HMN- January 7, 2021 Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks)
The events on Wednesday came a day after the town declared its decision not to file charges against the officer who shot and killed Jacob Blake last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The shooting of Blake was one of the many topics players focused on last season in the reboot bubble of the NBA, where racial inequality and police violence were a constant focus. The joint Heat-Celtics statement said, in part, “2021 is a new year, but some things haven’t changed. We play today’s game with heavy hearts after yesterday’s decision in Kenosha and knowing that protesters in our nation’s capital are treated differently by political leaders depending on which side they are on certain issues.” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of Trump’s administration, “They worked in a win-at-all-costs attitude,” Obviously, our sports world is a lot less important, I don’t know.
But I’ve always figured there’s going to be a pretty unfulfilling ending when you deal with a win-at-all-costs mentality.
And a shameful ending in this case.
“So I look forward to the next two weeks, and I know there are also a lot of other people. “Biden will be inaugurated on January 20, two weeks from Wednesday. For decades, the NBA had a rule that players and coaches had to stand during the national anthem. When the season resumed on the bubble at Walt Disney World last year, the rule was relaxed. The Bucks won their game’s opening tap, and instead of playing a game, two-time reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo literally held the ball as all players knelt. Like the subsequent Detroit possession when Blake Griffin kept the ball and the players went back to their knees, that led to a turnover. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said, “We want to do things to help make a difference, be on the right side of the fight, keep fighting and not get distracted or slowed down or moved in the wrong direction in any way,” Meanwhile, after a curfew was placed in response to crowd activity outside the Capitol, a men’s college basketball game scheduled for Wednesday night in Washington was postponed. The Atlantic 10 Conference game between George Washington and UMass will be rescheduled by the league. 11 games were on the NBA schedule on Wednesday. “It feels a little strange to play a game tonight, to be honest with you,” Cha Cha. This is something American.