The Brooklyn Nets will discuss how they will approach the national anthem this season and plan to act as a unified group.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said last week he expects players to stand in unity for the national anthem this season, while many NFL players have either kneeled or locked arms as a team during the national anthem in protest of civil rights issues.
"We haven't come out with a statement, but I think our idea is -- however our players approach this -- I want them to be unified," Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said, according to the New York Post's Brian Lewis. "We want them to follow the NBA rules. That's important to us, and I think our guys understand that."
Forward DeMarre Carroll said the team has yet to decide how it will treat the national anthem ahead of Tuesday's preseason opener against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden or for its regular-season opener on Oct. 18, but he echoed Atkinson's thoughts that the players would be united.
"We're definitely going to nail down something and try to do something collectively as a group," Carroll said.
President Donald Trump said in September that any NFL player who kneeled during the national anthem was a "son of a bitch" and should be fired, which prompted players to further the movement started by Colin Kaepernick in 2016.
When Trump rescinded the Golden State Warriors' invitation to the White House after Stephen Curry was among the players to say he was not interested in going, Nets guard Jeremy Lin supported the players by saying he felt it was "great for everyone to take a stand.
"A lot of what Steph described, I feel as well," Lin said. "I'm a minority, too. I can't always fully understand a lot of the things that are going on, but I can definitely to some degree understand. That's something I've been reading up on every day."
Silver said he felt NBA players had additional aveues for them to create change in their communities and make their voices heard, however did not say what would happen if any player refused to stand during the anthem.
"I'm hoping once again that this league can play a constructive role," Silver said.