The Milwaukee Bucks put positive spin on national anthem controversy

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NFL star Colin Kaepernick has truly made the sporting world sit up and take notice.

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback decided to sit during the American national anthem last month and has been kneeling during the anthem for the past few weeks.

Kaepernick decided to take action in the wake of recent events centred around opposition to police brutality and shootings across America.

The NBA is not exempt from such actions, and the Milwaukee Bucks stood together in a show of "unity" during the national anthem before Monday's preseason victory over the Chicago Bulls.

The Bucks stood in a line, with each man putting his left arm around the man next to him.

"It's not a protest," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. "We're not protesting. We're showing unity. There's not a protest.

"We discussed it," he continued. "And I think there was a lot of discussion throughout the week ... guys have come up with a solution of what they want to do for the national anthem. So I'm very proud of them being able to come together and make a decision and do it as a team. That just shows a lot of growth for our young players."

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg insisted that while it wasn't his style, he appreciated their right to express their beliefs.

"As far as my beliefs, I believe in standing respectfully and honouring the national anthem, but I certainly do respect our players and the right to express themselves."

The Bucks emerged victorious from the game at the United Center 93-91 and the home side featured all of Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo in their starting five.

Rather than standing against something, the Bucks chose to unite together. That is something everybody can appreciate, no matter who you are.

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