And during his rendition, performed without a hitch, the Twitter trolls came out to bash him, focusing on his status as a Mexican-American.
Many of the racist comments focused on whether he was an 'illegal' and one user even called him a 'beaner'.
Gregg Popovich, the Spurs coach, was asked about some of those digital statements before Game 4 and, in the most Popovich way possible, didn't hold back on those Internet 'idiots', as he called them.
"Well, I would like to say that I would be shocked or surprised by the comments," Popovich told reporters. "But given the fact that there's still a significant element of bigotry and racism in our nation, I'm not surprised. It still plagues us, obviously. And what I was surprised by was how proud these idiots were of their ignorance, by printing their names next to their comments."
In a classy move, the Spurs brought de la Cruz back to sing the anthem before Game 4.
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