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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 – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 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. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 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 Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Kneel,” 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 he’s advise the celebrity-in-chief to “focus on serving, not leading.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Bryant’s former team is one of many that have decided to lock arms during the anthem prior to the start of preseason games. The team’s coach discussed the decision last week saying, “We are in this together.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I think they chose to show that we are united in this and that obviously they have a ton of respect… well, I will let them speak for themselves, but I have a ton of respect for the country, the flag, the military,” Luke Walton said. “But 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.”
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 – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 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. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 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 Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Kneel,” 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 he’s advise the celebrity-in-chief to “focus on serving, not leading.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Bryant’s former team is one of many that have decided to lock arms during the anthem prior to the start of preseason games. The team’s coach discussed the decision last week saying, “We are in this together.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I think they chose to show that we are united in this and that obviously they have a ton of respect… well, I will let them speak for themselves, but I have a ton of respect for the country, the flag, the military,” Luke Walton said. “But 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.”

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

Community, Espn, and Los Angeles Lakers: Los Angeles Lakers Expected to Protest National Anthem All Season Long @balleralert ONDA Los Angeles Lakers Expected to Protest National Anthem All Season Long-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Since Trump's provocative statements about firing athletes who protest, NBA coaches and players have decided to fight back by protesting the anthem for the entire season. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ During the league's first preseason game on Saturday, the Denver Nuggets, along with the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves, all stood with arms locked during the anthem. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ "We are in this together," Lakers coach Luke Walton said about the team's decision to protest, via ESPN. "I think they chose to show that we are united in this and that obviously, they have a ton of respect ... well, I will let them speak for themselves, but I have a ton of respect for the country, the flag, the military. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ "But 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. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ "... I see it as an every night thing but I guess time will tell." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Before the preseason, the NBA sent out a memo to all 30 teams reminding players and coaches of the long-standing rule that that players, coaches and trainers must stand "in a dignified posture" during the national anthem. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ "It is important for me, for the players and for our country to continue to talk and be active and get out in the community and do things that makes this country better and equal for opportunities and for everybody that lives here," Walton said. "I think that is why the players and team decided to do that."
Community, Espn, and Los Angeles Lakers: Los Angeles Lakers Expected to Protest
 National Anthem All Season Long
 @balleralert
 ONDA
Los Angeles Lakers Expected to Protest National Anthem All Season Long-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Since Trump's provocative statements about firing athletes who protest, NBA coaches and players have decided to fight back by protesting the anthem for the entire season. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ During the league's first preseason game on Saturday, the Denver Nuggets, along with the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves, all stood with arms locked during the anthem. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ "We are in this together," Lakers coach Luke Walton said about the team's decision to protest, via ESPN. "I think they chose to show that we are united in this and that obviously, they have a ton of respect ... well, I will let them speak for themselves, but I have a ton of respect for the country, the flag, the military. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ "But 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. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ "... I see it as an every night thing but I guess time will tell." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Before the preseason, the NBA sent out a memo to all 30 teams reminding players and coaches of the long-standing rule that that players, coaches and trainers must stand "in a dignified posture" during the national anthem. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ "It is important for me, for the players and for our country to continue to talk and be active and get out in the community and do things that makes this country better and equal for opportunities and for everybody that lives here," Walton said. "I think that is why the players and team decided to do that."

Los Angeles Lakers Expected to Protest National Anthem All Season Long-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Since Trump's provocative state...

Los Angeles Lakers, Los-Angeles-Lakers, and Luke Walton: Magic Johnson to Return to the Los Angeles Lakers as Adviser @balleralert MagicJohnson to Return to the Los Angeles Lakers as Adviser - blogged by: @msjennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Back in 1979, Earvin “Magic” Johnson was selected first overall in the NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. After 13 seasons and five championships with the LA team, Johnson retired in 1991. One year later, he returned to play in the All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award, then retired once again for four more years. In 1996, Magic returned to the league, once again, to play 32 games with the Lakers before retiring for the third and final time. Now, according to reports, Magic is back with the Lakers, this time as an adviser to the team’s owner, Jeanie Buss. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The three time MVP will reportedly support Buss “in all areas of basketball and business,” reports state. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “We are thrilled and honored to add Magic’s expertise and abilities, and I look forward to working alongside him,” Buss said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the wake of the Lakers fourth consecutive season during the longest playoff drought in franchise history, Johnson will report directly to Buss to try to be more an influence in the on-court product of the team, reports state. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Everyone knowns my love for the Lakers,” Johnson said. “Over the years, I have considered other management opportunities, however my devotion to the game and Los Angeles make the Lakers my first and only choice. I will do everything in my power to help return the Lakers to their rightful place among the elite teams of the NBA.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Under the first-year coach Luke Walton, the Lakers have made a few positive moves since struggling with the worst record in franchise history for three consecutive seasons, but they still hold the NBA’s third worst record at 17-34. With the help of the legend, it appears the franchise is ready to bring the Lakers back to the top. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Magic Johnson is one of the NBA’s greatest players and it is terrific to see him returning to the Lakers,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “He is a truly special person and a natural leader with a relentless passion for basketball and profound knowledge of the game.”
Los Angeles Lakers, Los-Angeles-Lakers, and Luke Walton: Magic Johnson to Return to
 the Los Angeles Lakers as
 Adviser
 @balleralert
MagicJohnson to Return to the Los Angeles Lakers as Adviser - blogged by: @msjennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Back in 1979, Earvin “Magic” Johnson was selected first overall in the NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. After 13 seasons and five championships with the LA team, Johnson retired in 1991. One year later, he returned to play in the All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award, then retired once again for four more years. In 1996, Magic returned to the league, once again, to play 32 games with the Lakers before retiring for the third and final time. Now, according to reports, Magic is back with the Lakers, this time as an adviser to the team’s owner, Jeanie Buss. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The three time MVP will reportedly support Buss “in all areas of basketball and business,” reports state. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “We are thrilled and honored to add Magic’s expertise and abilities, and I look forward to working alongside him,” Buss said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the wake of the Lakers fourth consecutive season during the longest playoff drought in franchise history, Johnson will report directly to Buss to try to be more an influence in the on-court product of the team, reports state. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Everyone knowns my love for the Lakers,” Johnson said. “Over the years, I have considered other management opportunities, however my devotion to the game and Los Angeles make the Lakers my first and only choice. I will do everything in my power to help return the Lakers to their rightful place among the elite teams of the NBA.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Under the first-year coach Luke Walton, the Lakers have made a few positive moves since struggling with the worst record in franchise history for three consecutive seasons, but they still hold the NBA’s third worst record at 17-34. With the help of the legend, it appears the franchise is ready to bring the Lakers back to the top. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Magic Johnson is one of the NBA’s greatest players and it is terrific to see him returning to the Lakers,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “He is a truly special person and a natural leader with a relentless passion for basketball and profound knowledge of the game.”

MagicJohnson to Return to the Los Angeles Lakers as Adviser - blogged by: @msjennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Back in 1979, Earvin “Magic” Johnson...