Gregg Popovich Rumors
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Sunday responded to criticism from Donald Trump, praising NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s handling of the ongoing China issue as compared to the president’s relationship to a number of foreign leaders. “[Silver] stood by our nation and its principles. That’s pretty huge in these days,” Popovich told reporters before the Spurs’ preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans. “Sometimes, it’s kind of Orwellian. You think we’re living in a place where, ‘Is this really happening?’ But that comparison was pretty stark when you put our president up against those leaders when he’s with them or talking to him and how he reacts compared to the way Adam Silver reacted. I was proud of him. It was great.”
Popovich was initially dismissive when asked about Trump’s comments, saying “I’m too busy. I have things to do.” But Popovich then went on. “All I did was make a comparison between Adam Silver’s show of principle and courage in a tough situation, as opposed to how our president reacts when in the company of authoritarian figures, whether it’s Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Russia or Turkey, whatever it is,” Popovich said. “It comes off as really feckless, impotent, cowardly by comparison.”
“I watched this guy Steve Kerr. He was like a little boy who was so scared to be answering the question,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday. “He couldn’t answer the question. He was shaking like, ‘Oh, I don’t know.’ He didn’t know how to answer the question. Yet, he’ll talk about the United States very badly. I watched Popovich do sort of the same thing. But he didn’t look quite as scared, actually.” Kerr said Thursday that he was merely the latest “shiny object” for Trump, and that “This is just another day. I was the shiny object yesterday. There was another one today, there will be a new one tomorrow. And the circus will go on. It’s just strange, but it happened.”
Daniel Dale: Asked if he’s okay with how China is pressuring the NBA, Trump says they have to work out their own situation. He returns to criticizing Kerr and Gregg Popovich, another critic, though he says Popovich seemed less scared of the subject.
Jeff McDonald: Basketball news! Pop says Trey Lyles, who has been dealing with a respiratory illness, is the only player not available in Miami. Also mentioned a desire to see a lot of Lonnie Walker IV tonight.
Praising the NBA commissioner as a “courageous” and “very progressive leader,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he was thrilled with the way Adam Silver had handled the global fallout stemming from Tweets from Houston general manager Daryl Morey supportive of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
Gregg Popovich: “I guess I can go at it this way. Adam is a very progressive leader. We all remember how he handled the situation with the former owner of the Clippers. It made everybody proud because it was the right thing to do. A couple of years ago, I was walking the streets in New York City during the gay pride parade. I turned around and here comes a float, and Adam is standing on a float with a big sign in support of LGBTQ. And I felt great again, just like I did with the Clipper deal.”