PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers are about to open training camp. Most of the focus is on the upcoming season but the players are well aware of the National Anthem protests by NFL players.

They also were surprised that the president pulled his White House visit invitation to the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors.

At the Blazers media day on Monday, Damian Lillard said, “I think it’s sad that with all that’s going in the world and U.S. that the president is concerned with football and basketball. I think that’s crazy.”

Neil Olshey, President of Basketball Operations, believes the players are doing an outstanding job with the pregame action and social media but added that action needs to be taken.