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New Orleans Pelicans players kneel and lock arms during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Image Credit: AP

Orlando: NBA players and coaches took a knee during the US national anthem as the NBA season restarted at Disney World in Florida on Thursday.

Players from the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans wearing t-shirts bearing the slogan “Black Lives Matter” kneeled in unison just before tip-off as the “Star-Spangled Banner” played.

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Thursday’s game between Utah and New Orleans is taking place four months after the league shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.