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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talks to reporters during Spurs Media Day, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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NBA Media Days bring plenty of thoughts about anthem protests

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After a handful of Media Days last week, the majority of NBA squads followed suit Monday to officially tip off their training camps. The annual events always bring about a healthy dose of optimism and hijinks, but this year they also featured plenty of questions about the national anthem protests recently started by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The NBA and NBPA have reportedly had discussions about how to deal with possible protests, and some of the league’s biggest stars weighed in on the issue and whether they plan to protest.

We have defending champion LeBron James:

Then there’s reigning two-time MVP Stephen Curry:

Curry’s teammate, Draymond Green, delivered a lengthy response on the subject:

Fellow Warriors Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson also offered up their support for Colin Kaepernick, as did Dwyane Wade:

And unsurprisingly, Carmelo Anthony had some words on the subject, via ESPN’s Ian Begley:

“We want to do it in the right way,” Anthony said Monday. “Whatever we do we want to do it as a collective group.”

Anthony also said he wants to continue to bring awareness to these issues.

“I don’t know what that is yet,” he said. “We’ll figure that out. But we want to do it all together. We want everybody to feel a part of it. We want everybody to have a right to make their own decisions about what they want to do. And we’ll go from there. Everybody sees what’s going on out there in the sports world and what everybody is talking about. So for me it’s not about one single gesture. If the guys want to create a gesture or figure it out, we’ll figure it out. We will address those issues. My goal is to keep the conversation moving, the conversation going. Talking to the right people, getting in front of the right people, making a stand for kinda what we believe in – whether you’re black, white, indifferent. I think it’s for everybody to come on board and figure everything out.”

Players weren’t the only ones to speak out, and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich delivered a strong message:

While a number of stars have said they’ll stand for the anthem, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of protests there will be as the NBA games begin.

NBA Media Days bring plenty of thoughts about anthem protests

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