Pelicans Coach Stan Van Gundy On Playing The National Anthem At Sporting Events: "What Good Reason Is There To Play The Anthem Before A Game?"

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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made a gutsy call by taking the Star-Spangled Banner out of the pre-game rituals for his team. At the time, the Mavs had no plans to bring it back and cited the reasoning as being that feel it doesn't properly represent them.

In response to the controversial move, the NBA released a statement essentially forcing all of their teams to play the national anthem, and forcing Cuban to reverse his course.

While that particular situation is over now, the subject at hand is going to be a topic of debate for a long while. After Cuban's decision, which was both widely hailed and criticized, fans from all corners chimed in to discuss why the anthem was played during sporting events at all, and whether or not it should be a thing for any team going forward.

The latest to join the conversation is Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy, who has gone viral for his comments on it:

If you think the anthem needs to be played before sporting events, then play it before every movie, concert, church service and the start of every work day at every business. What good reason is there to play the anthem before a game?

Needless to say, it got mixed reactions.

The national anthem has always been a way for fans to show their patriotism and love for the country, as well as a way for teams to show their gratitude and respect.

Of course, to others, it's just a reminder of the injustices being carried out across the nation.

Regardless of how you see things, this might be an issue that hovers over the NBA, and other pro leagues, for a long time