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NBA Memo Leaks Reinforcing Rule To Stand For National Anthem

A general view of the Air Canada Centre during the playing of the Canadian anthem.

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 14: A general view of the Air Canada Centre during the playing of the Canadian anthem before the start of the Toronto Raptors game against the Washington Wizards prior to Game One of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on April 14, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

The memo reinforces the rule that says players and coaches need to stand for the national anthem.

The NBA reportedly sent a memo to its teams this evening regarding the national anthem during the upcoming season.

The memo, per ESPN's Zach Lowe, reinforces the league rule that says players and coaches need to stand for the national anthem.

From ESPN:

The memo, a copy of which was obtained by ESPN, was distributed by deputy commissioner Mark Tatum. It instructs teams that "the league office will determine how to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach, or trainer does not stand for the anthem."

The memo states that individual teams "do not have the discretion to waive" the rule that players, coaches and staff must stand for the anthem. The league has the discretion to discipline players who violate the rule.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he "expects" players to stand for the national anthem.

LeBron James had previously said that he probably wouldn't take a knee because his voice does more than kneeling, though he respects the NFL players who have knelt.

The NBA's season starts in about two and a half weeks.