Mitchell calls protests 'monumental' as Jazz, Pelicans reportedly discuss kneeling
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The Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly discussed kneeling in unison during the playing of the national anthem before their opening night matchup on Thursday.

Although Jazz star Donovan Mitchell didn't confirm the report or reveal how the two teams would jointly protest, he did acknowledge the significance of the NBA's restart on Black history and equality.

"To be able to speak to people who don't have voices, I think it's truly gonna be monumental ... To be on the front lines of this, to be the first game I think for me, when I become old and I retire, and when my kids and grandkids and everybody in my family to know this is what I stood for," Mitchell said, according to ESPN's Eric Woodyard.

"I stand for something that's bigger than just playing basketball and making money. I think having my name and being able to say I stood up for something that is definitely not right, and I think myself and others throughout this league have done a great job."

Jazz and Pelicans players reportedly discussed kneeling around the "Black Lives Matter" signage located above center court. The league's top eight clubs are also said to have recently met to discuss kneeling during the national anthem.

The NBA has a rule that requires players to stand for the national anthem, but commissioner Adam Silver has stated that he respects "peaceful" forms of protest and would deal with such a situation when it arises.

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