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Donald Trump, Kobe Bryant, and Luke Walton: Kobe Bryant Says He Would Kneel During The Anthem If He Was Still Playing @balleralert Kobe Bryant Says He Would Kneel During The Anthem If He Was Still Playing โ€“ blogged by @MsJennyb โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Prior to the start of NBA preseason, the league released a memo to remind teams of the rule that requires players and coaches to stand during the national anthem. Since then, a few teams have announced that they would be protesting the national anthem by locking arms, while others revealed that they will not be participating in the protest at all. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € However, amid the ongoing controversy, Kobe Bryant says if he were still playing today, he would be kneeling during the national anthem, despite the league rule. The retired Los Angeles Laker player revealed his decision on Wednesday, on The Hollywood Reporterโ€™s Awards Chatter podcast. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ€œKneel,โ€ Bryant said, when asked what he would do if faced with the decision. When asked what he would say if he could speak to Donald Trump, he said heโ€™s advise the celebrity-in-chief to โ€œfocus on serving, not leading.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Bryantโ€™s former team is one of many that have decided to lock arms during the anthem prior to the start of preseason games. The teamโ€™s coach discussed the decision last week saying, โ€œWe are in this together.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ€œI think they chose to show that we are united in this and that obviously they have a ton of respectโ€ฆ well, I will let them speak for themselves, but I have a ton of respect for the country, the flag, the military,โ€ Luke Walton said. โ€œBut by locking arms, I feel like we are showing that there are issues in this country, and it is a chance for us to raise awareness and still make it a talking point. If you do nothing, then it kind of goes away, and if it goes away, then nothing changes.โ€
Donald Trump, Kobe Bryant, and Luke Walton: Kobe Bryant Says He Would Kneel During
 The Anthem If He Was Still Playing
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Kobe Bryant Says He Would Kneel During The Anthem If He Was Still Playing โ€“ blogged by @MsJennyb โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Prior to the start of NBA preseason, the league released a memo to remind teams of the rule that requires players and coaches to stand during the national anthem. Since then, a few teams have announced that they would be protesting the national anthem by locking arms, while others revealed that they will not be participating in the protest at all. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € However, amid the ongoing controversy, Kobe Bryant says if he were still playing today, he would be kneeling during the national anthem, despite the league rule. The retired Los Angeles Laker player revealed his decision on Wednesday, on The Hollywood Reporterโ€™s Awards Chatter podcast. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ€œKneel,โ€ Bryant said, when asked what he would do if faced with the decision. When asked what he would say if he could speak to Donald Trump, he said heโ€™s advise the celebrity-in-chief to โ€œfocus on serving, not leading.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Bryantโ€™s former team is one of many that have decided to lock arms during the anthem prior to the start of preseason games. The teamโ€™s coach discussed the decision last week saying, โ€œWe are in this together.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ€œI think they chose to show that we are united in this and that obviously they have a ton of respectโ€ฆ well, I will let them speak for themselves, but I have a ton of respect for the country, the flag, the military,โ€ Luke Walton said. โ€œBut by locking arms, I feel like we are showing that there are issues in this country, and it is a chance for us to raise awareness and still make it a talking point. If you do nothing, then it kind of goes away, and if it goes away, then nothing changes.โ€

Kobe Bryant Says He Would Kneel During The Anthem If He Was Still Playing โ€“ blogged by @MsJennyb โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Prior to the start of NBA p...

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, and Los-Angeles-Lakers: Lakers to Retire Both of Kobe Bryant's Jerseys Before Warriors Game in December @balleralert 0 SERS 24 Lakers to Retire Both of Kobe Bryantโ€™s Jerseys Before Warriors Game in December โ€“ blogged by @MsJennyb โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € KobeBryantโ€™s career and legacy with the Los Angeles Lakers will be remembered for years to come, as his jersey will join the greats in the rafters. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € According to TMZ, the Lakers are planning to retire Bryantโ€™s jersey before the Warriors game on December 18. Although the ceremony has yet to be announced, the team sent a letter to Lakers season ticket holders, suggesting them to โ€œhold on to their tickets for the game on Dec. 18โ€ for a โ€œspecial event.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € But, with the retirement of Bryantโ€™s jersey, the organization had to decide which number would be hung, as the superstar wore 8 and 24 throughout his career with the L.A. team. Back in 2016, Bryant provided the perfect response to the question, saying โ€œ[Whichever number they choose] itโ€™s going to be pretty hard for someone else to wear the other one.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € With that being said, the baller will officially become the first player to have two jerseys hanging in the rafters for the same team, highlighting Bryantโ€™s decorated, 20-year tenure with the team.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, and Los-Angeles-Lakers: Lakers to Retire Both of Kobe Bryant's
 Jerseys Before Warriors Game in
 December
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Lakers to Retire Both of Kobe Bryantโ€™s Jerseys Before Warriors Game in December โ€“ blogged by @MsJennyb โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € KobeBryantโ€™s career and legacy with the Los Angeles Lakers will be remembered for years to come, as his jersey will join the greats in the rafters. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € According to TMZ, the Lakers are planning to retire Bryantโ€™s jersey before the Warriors game on December 18. Although the ceremony has yet to be announced, the team sent a letter to Lakers season ticket holders, suggesting them to โ€œhold on to their tickets for the game on Dec. 18โ€ for a โ€œspecial event.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € But, with the retirement of Bryantโ€™s jersey, the organization had to decide which number would be hung, as the superstar wore 8 and 24 throughout his career with the L.A. team. Back in 2016, Bryant provided the perfect response to the question, saying โ€œ[Whichever number they choose] itโ€™s going to be pretty hard for someone else to wear the other one.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € With that being said, the baller will officially become the first player to have two jerseys hanging in the rafters for the same team, highlighting Bryantโ€™s decorated, 20-year tenure with the team.

Lakers to Retire Both of Kobe Bryantโ€™s Jerseys Before Warriors Game in December โ€“ blogged by @MsJennyb โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € KobeBryantโ€™s career a...