James Harden said he did not intend to make a political statement by wearing a "Thin Blue Line" mask on Thursday as he was unaware what the mask represented.
The American flag with a blue line as one of the stripes shows support for law enforcement and is sometimes seen as a symbol against the Black Lives Matter movement.
"Honestly, I wasn't trying to make a political statement," Harden said before the Rockets' practice Friday. "I honestly wore it just because it covered my whole face and my beard. It's pretty simple."
Harden said he was considering ways that he could voice his support for the Black Lives Matter movement during the season's restart, including whether he would have a social justice message on the back of his jersey.
"I'm in the process of doing that right now," Harden said. In regards to police, Harden said, "There's people who do their job at a high level and there's BS people in every profession."