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Before the first game of the NBA resumption on Thursday, members of the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans knelt for the national anthem.

The game was broadcast on TNT, and when the national anthem was over, the TNT broadcast returned to the pre-game show “Inside the NBA”.

Charles Barkley then added that he didn’t think it mattered if the players decided to stand up or kneel down for the national anthem.

“The point is, the national anthem means different things to different people,” Barkley said. “I’m glad these guys are all together, but if people don’t kneel down they’re not a bad person. I want that to be crystal clear.

“I’m glad they were united, but if we have a guy who doesn’t want to kneel down or the anthem means something to him, he shouldn’t be vilified.”

The NBA resumed its 2019-20 season on Thursday. The Jazz defeated the Pelicans 106-104 in the opener. Thursday’s second game featured the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers, and the Lakers won 103-101. The season was interrupted since March 11.

Since 2000 Barkley has been part of “Inside the NBA“on TNT.

Barkley played college basketball at Auburn from 1981 to 1984 and won the Southeastern Conference MVP award from 1983 to 1984.

The Philadelphia 76ers took on Barkley with the fifth overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. He played 16 NBA seasons from 1984 to 2000.

Barkley won the NBA MVP award in 1992-93 with the Phoenix Suns, where he played from 1992 to 1996. He ended his career with the Houston rockets from 1996 to 2000.

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The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame dedicated Barkley in 2006.

Erik Hall is the leading digital sports producer with USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik.