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But athlete protests have returned, led by the Colin Kaepernick-inspired protests of late in the NFL, after recent reports of police brutality toward blacks. The peaceful protests are expected to continue next month when the NBA season gets underway, and Van Gundy said Friday during a media luncheon he and the Pistons coaching staff are prepared to support their players. “I find it encouraging that we have a number of these guys that want to say something and want to use the platform they have, and not just care about how much they’re making,” Van Gundy said. “They want to get involved in what’s going on in society. I think that is fabulous and we need to support it in every single way we can.”
“Right now, (the anthem) is what everybody’s focusing on,” Van Gundy said. “To me, it’s a little bit unfortunate because I think it’s become – the interest is, are they going to stand for the national anthem or not? Unfortunately, that’s gotten us away from talking about the issues that are really out there. “The police violence against people of color, to me that’s just the visible thing to focus on. It goes to deeper inequities in our criminal justice system, in our education system. There’s so much to focus on.”
September 25, 2016 | 9:27 pm EDT Update
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For Charlotte’s Steve Clifford, the ability in the final two minutes of a game to advance the ball without requiring a timeout to be called could speed up the action. That has been used on a trial basis in the D League and in Summer League, and several coaches felt it worked well. “The game is at an all-time high in popularity, but a lot of people complain about the last two minutes,” Clifford said. “I think it would add a different dimension but it would also be a good thing in addressing our biggest issue.” Not that the coaches would be willing to lose any of their timeouts, though. They just wouldn’t save them specifically for that purpose.