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Rockets and Knicks stand together during national anthem

A welcome show of unity.

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Instead of each team standing by their own benches, the Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks during the national anthem Tuesday night chose to stand side-by-side, interlocking their arms with one another.

It was a powerful message and it’s an evolution from what San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started a few months back when he started refusing to stand for the national anthem. His goal was to bring awareness to the way people of color are being treated in America.

Since his stand, he's been joined by athletes all across the country, and now it looks like players in the NBA is also making a stand.

When James Harden was asked during media day if the team would take part in any protest, he said it's up to each person individually. While it may have been up to each person,, the message the two teams sent was that they all stand together.