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Spurs' Gregg Popovich on Standing During Anthem: 'I Reacted the Way I Wanted To'

Spurs' Gregg Popovich on Standing During Anthem: 'I Reacted the Way I Wanted To'

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 league's restart portion, although there have been a few exceptions.

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 Sacramento Kings on Friday.

Marc J. Spears of the Undefeated called Popovich the NBA's "most woke coach" in a November 2016 piece, and he's routinely been supportive of Black Lives Matter.

He also chose not to wear the Black Lives Matter T-shirt that all players have donned during pregame warmups and the anthem.

Sixteen of the 22 NBA teams in Disney World for the league's restart have played their first games on the league's campus, with six more yet to suit up.

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