Even when the tournament regulations forbid the gesture, stars like LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) and Kahwi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers), along with all their teammates, formed a single line and kneel in unison when the pre-game anthem started.
During the two games of the night, where Utah Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Clippers, the players wore black t-shirts with the "Black Lives Matter" slogan, as part of the anti-racism protests triggered by the George Floyd’s murder on May 25.
League commissioner Adam Silver clarified that the NBA has a long-standing policy regarding what players should and should not do during the playing of the anthem.
I see the NBA players, officials and staff kneeling in protest for BLM. That is righteous. But if one NBA player with some strong clout was to kneel during the anthem with a sign that reads U.S CONGRESS AND SENATE PLEASE EXPEDITE RACIAL JUSTICE AND POLICE REFORM!