Lakers, Clippers React To Anthem Controversy

PLAYA VISTA, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers answers questions from the media at the Los Angeles Clippers Training Center on September 25, 2017 in Playa Vista, California (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers are speaking out about President Trump and the National Anthem controversy.  Lakers legend and the president of basketball operations for the team, Magic Johnson, says he understands where the players are coming from. 

EL SEGUNDO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, speaks during media day September 25, 2017, in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

 Meanwhile, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers says if Trump was doing his job, athletes wouldn't be taking a knee.  Clippers superstar Blake Griffen is taking a more diplomatic approach, saying people should be able to speak their minds.  

The comments were made Monday as both teams opened training camp.  The controversy started Friday when Trump said players who take a knee during the National Anthem should be fired.

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