Silver: 'I respect peaceful protest,' unsure of anthem plans
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NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday he doesn't know what to expect in terms of player protests when games resume Thursday, but reiterated the league has a longstanding rule surrounding national anthems.

"The NBA has had a rule on its books that preceded (former commissioner) David Stern, which was standing for the national anthem," Silver told Good Morning America's Robin Roberts.

"Having said that, I respect peaceful protest. I'm not sure what our players will do when they come out tomorrow night, and we'll of course address it at the time, but I also understand these are highly unusual times."

Reports Tuesday suggested the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans - the two teams tipping off the league's restart - have discussed kneeling in unison during the national anthem. During the WNBA's restart on Saturday, players from two teams walked off the floor during the anthem.

The last high-profile incident of an NBA player disciplined for refusing to stand for the anthem was Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf in 1996.

Silver: 'I respect peaceful protest,' unsure of anthem plans
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