AMHERST, Mass. -- Boston Celtics players and coaches interlocked arms during the national anthem before Tuesdays preseason opener against the Philadelphia 76ers at UMass-Amhersts Mullins Center.The team also released a video via social media at tipoff, promoting unity.In addition, the?Rockets?and?New York Knicks all locked arms at midcourt during the national anthem before Tuesdays game at the Toyota Center in Houston, while the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings joined arms during the anthem before their game, as well.Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Jae Crowder said earlier Tuesday?that the team had put a lot of time into thinking about the best way to promote positive change.Weve had a lot of sit-down discussions about it. Weve had a lot of individual discussions, Stevens said. Weve had three or four meetings after practices, sometimes just players, sometimes just us, sometimes people weve invited in from the outside to spend time with our guys. Our guys have been incredibly thoughtful, and I think, like from what Ive seen across the NBA early on, I think our guys are really focused on promoting positive unity, togetherness, progress and all those types of things. But those have been, as far as deep, certainly good discussions, theyve been great. And I commend our guys for sharing and for thinking and for really looking at this in a really insightful way.I think one of the great things about being a part of a team is you all come from different backgrounds and you learn about each other and you all come together for the common cause, and thats why we all love sports, right? We can all rally around that common cause and we can rally around teams. But I think when you really get into deep, impactful stuff, those are special conversations, and sometimes those are uncomfortable, and sometimes there can be tension around those; but I think thats the beautiful part about our group, is that they all appreciate one another, really support one another. And again, I think youll see, like I think theyre very much into what the teams that Ive seen thus far, in talking about togetherness and continued progress.Crowder said the team thought it was important to find the proper way to deliver its message.What do we want to portray? What do we want our message to be? Thats what we had talked about -- and how can we go about doing it in a positive way? Thats all we talked about, Crowder said. We just want to make sure everybodys on the same page and everybody [can] speak on their belief. We dont want anybody to feel like theyre doing something they dont want to do or talk about something they dont want to talk about. So we just wanted to make sure everybodys on the same page in those conversations that we had.And what was the message the Celtics wanted to deliver?That we need change in this world, Crowder said. We need to do it together. Just not one individual; its got to be a team-type deal, a unity, a togetherness. Whatever we decide our message to be, it has to be about being together as one and coming together as one.The Celtics inspiration for the interlocked arms came from a picture of the 1960-61 Boston team, which interlocked arms in a team photo with the goal of promoting civil rights. Team officials produced the picture for the players, who quickly warmed to the idea of carrying on the legacy of those who wore the Celtics jersey before them.Tom Satch Sanders, a rookie on that 1960-61 squad, spoke to the Celtics on Monday after the final practice before their preseason opener.What we were saying in our meetings, that weve got to do it together as a team, and that picture showed a great example of that. Thats why we [said] OK, we can tie it in with us, Crowder said. Those guys did it during a time where it was tough. Its not that bad now, but still, they did it together, they tried to make a change together, and thats where we got the idea.Tuesdays demonstration?was the first one on the court for the Rockets. When they played their first preseason game Sunday against the Shanghai Sharks, the entire team stood at attention for the playing of the American and Chinese anthems.Carmelo Anthony said he and Joakim Noah reached out to James Harden about the Knicks and Rockets making a unified statement.They were on board with it, and it was just a matter of us coming together and showing everybody were united, Anthony said.Said Noah: I think it was very respectful, but at the same time [it brought] awareness to some of those issues.Harden said the demonstration represented a brotherhood and that the message was unity.Just standing together for something that we believe in; obviously we know whats going on around the world, he said. We wanted to use our high power and noticeability to just go out there and make it aware that were going to stand together, not just the two teams, but the entire league.We want to use our platform to show people that were together and were behind them in this. ... Its something that well continue to do, and we have a platform and we want to use it. Its just the beginning.The Los Angeles Lakers released a statement supporting their players.We fully support our players in exercising their right of expression over an issue that is so important, the statement read. We also applaud the NBA and the NBA Players Association for their collaborative work in expanding the dialogue and for their spirit of cooperation.Many players across multiple sports, led by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have taken a knee, locked arms or raised fists during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against African-Americans and other societal issues.ESPNs Calvin Watkins, Ian Begley and Baxter Holmes contributed to this report. Blank Jersey . The 19-year-old Olsen played 34 games with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL this season. In that time, hes recorded 17 goals and 17 assists with 36 penalty minutes. 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We did it as a sign of respect and love for the game.My mom never liked tattoos, so I tattooed her name [Nelly] as my second tattoo so she would not be very upset. I added the rose because shes such a lady.On his other wrist, Nené, represents his father -- its one of his nicknames. His real name was Angel Luis. I have Afro-Latino heritage on my dads side and they all have some really interesting and funny nicknames. My dad died on a Saturday, Sept. 9, 2004. I was 11 years old. I went from being a child who saw his father every day to never seeing him again. It was very difficult.My sisters face was the first tattoo I ever wanted, but it took me a while to find the right artist. I finally met this artist, Albert García, through the Latin players in the team. I really liked his artwork and designs. I call Noely mi ángel because shes always going to be with me. Thats why doves also surround her.[The artist] used my favorite picture of my sister. She had spina bifida. She lived 21 years, even though she was never supposed to. She was like the engine of our family, our reason to be. She was my motivation for everything. Without her, there was no family. And she understood baseball. She would go crazy every time I had an at-bat. SShe would start clapping and cheering.dddddddddddd She taught me how to fight; how to persevere. She suffered so much, yet, she was always smiling. It was an amazing thing.El Guimo is another nickname of his fathers, marked alongside the date that Baez was called up to the majors. I will take your place and I will provide for our family -- I had that one done because it was a promise I made to myself after my father died.The names of Baez three siblings live on his left side: Rolando, Gadiel and Noely.I had the rosary done in Puerto Rico by a friend who did tattoos. I wanted to make it different and special so I put baseballs instead of beads and a home plate. I designed it myself. Number 9 has always been my favorite number; have worn it since I was a child.As a child I grew up playing baseball, baseball and more baseball. This tattoo shows how important it is to me -- Welcome to my world.?I had seen so many different tattoos with themes related to Puerto Rico, so I took a little bit of each and put them altogether to show my pride in being from Puerto Rico. All of them were done by Albert García.His right forearm and wrist are all dedicated to symbols of Puerto Rico:?A flor de maga, the official national flower of Puerto Rico; a garita, the sentry box from the old Spanish forts in Puerto Rico; a Flamboyán tree; and a coquí frog.Baez lion tattoo symbolizes his heart of a lion. It is a symbol of strength.?This tattoo also is dedicated to Baez sister. I wrote it about her -- it means Your hands never hurt anyone; your feet never missed a step. And theres a crown, because shes my queen. 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