Tuesday night (Oct. 4), the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks kicked off the season in H-Town. Prior to the game, both teams stood together and locked arms to symbolize unity during the playing of the national anthem. Both teams wanted to show solidarity behind enemy lines to show that the issues of social justice are bigger than basketball and they support Colin Kaepernick’s protest.
No team has had players sitting during the anthem, but teams like the Celtics who held hands have made collective gestures. Joakim Noah reached out to former Florida college teammate Corey Brewer of the Rockets to organize the protest.
Knicks and Rockets lock arms during the National Anthem. pic.twitter.com/JPp4LA2heG
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The new Knicks center responded with, “Definitely making two teams coming together, you know. We understand there’s a lot of issues in this country and we wanted to show solidarity and we wanted to show that we’re all in this together.”
“It just happened Tuesday,” said Anthony. “We discussed it, myself and Joakim, reached out to James (Harden) and they were on board with it. It’s a matter of coming together to show we’re united.”
Good move by both clubs. Let’s see if this continues when the regular season kicks off at the end of the month (Oct. 25).