I never liked the San Antonio Spurs. I’m going all the way back to the David Robinson, Avery Johnson, Sean, Elliot days. I never really disliked the Spurs either. I just never gave them a second thought. The Spurs were always one of the most boring teams in the NBA to me. Over these last few months, Gregg Popovich has single-handedly managed to change my view of the Spurs. And it didn’t even happen during the NBA season. For the second time in recent months, Popovich has made some of the most truthful and sensible statements I’ve ever heard in my life. The first time was during the Charlottesville incident back a few months ago. (or what seems like a few months ago) Coach Pop dropped some more knowledge yesterday.
In a telephone call to Dave Zirin a reporter at The Nation (@thenation), Popovich, a U.S Air Force veteran took offense to the presidents latest false claim. The obviously false claim that former President Obama didn’t call the families of fallen service members. Popovich struck back saying that Trump “thinks that he can only become large by belittling others.” Pop added that “his lie about Obama was as low as it gets.” Pop had a few more choice words for the president.
“We have a pathological liar in the White House. Unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day.” Popovich also said that the people working alongside Trump should be ashamed for not doing anything about his unsuitability for office.
Popovich always speaks his mind when it comes to Trump. It almost feels like he is challenging Trump to an intellectual contest, or at least to have an intellectual conversation. It makes people without a voice or a huge platform feel good to hear someone who does have a huge platform say all of the things that you were thinking. It kind of assures you that you are not alone in this disaster. I have always viewed the Spurs as one of those boring teams who I’d rather have teeth pulled with no pain-killers, than watch play a full game, but Pop has managed to make me a fan over these past few months. Not saying the Spurs will be at the very top of NBA teams I root for this season, but they will be in my top 10. That’s a huge increase from previous seasons when the Spurs and the Indiana Pacers were the two teams I had the very least interest in watching.
**You can read Pop’s full comments at The Nation (@thenation)**