Retired Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant said that if he was still playing today he would kneel during the national anthem.
When asked on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast what he would do during the Star-Spangled Banner if he had a game tonight, Bryant replied, “kneel.”
He also had some advice for embattled President Donald Trump on how he could be a better commander-in-chief.
“Focus on serving, not leading,” Bryant said.
His former team the Lakers have announced that players and coaches will lock arms during the national anthem this season.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said that he expected all players to stand during the anthem this year.
The 6-6 Bryant averaged 25 points, 4.7 assists, and 5.2 rebounds in 20 seasons with the Lakers, leading the team to five NBA championships.
The 18-time All-Star is the Lakers’ franchise leader in points (33,643), games played (1,346), 3-pointers (1,827), steals (1,944) and free throws (8,378).
He will have his jersey retired by the team (both his No. 24 and No. 8) during a game against Golden State on Dec. 18.
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