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Silver expects NBA players to stand during national anthem

Adam Silver expects NBA players to continue standing for the national anthem.

Not only because it's a league rule, but because they are aware of what it means in what the commissioner believes is a divided America.

"Many of our players have spoken out already about their plan to stand for the anthem," Silver said Thursday. "And I think they understand how divisive an issue it is in our society right now."

Silver said the playing of the national anthem has always been a time for respect and reflection — even in a league where 25 percent of the players are not American — and recalled that many teams locked arms last season.

He wants them to...