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Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich Can't Get Behind Trump


He was only talking to reporters for a couple of minutes, and yet Gregg Popovich found so many different ways to criticize President Trump.

The San Antonio Spurs head coach called Trump a liar, saying,

He called Trump dangerous.

He called Trump a bully.


He called Trump thin-skinned.

He explained why he doesn't respect Trump, yet.

Just about the only compliment he had to give was reserved for the millions of people who joined groups of women's marches around the country on Saturday.

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All of those quotes came in a single session with media members on Saturday night, before the Spurs game against the Cavs.

All of them prove something you might not have noticed: Gregg Popovich is already the best political commentator of the new year.

Why? Well, there's the notoriety he has, which comes with winning five championships, of course.

But just consider his demographics.

Popovich is a 67-year-old white male who's been working in Texas for over two decades. He's rich, has served in the Air Force and is a demonstrably grumpy man who doesn't mind making a fool of media members.

Based on his age, tax bracket and military experience alone, you could have guessed Popovich would have have voted for Trump.

If "the resistance" to Donald Trump's worst qualities really will be a thing over the next four years, it's going to need empathy from people like Gregg Popovich.

The fact that the actual Gregg Popovich is leading the way makes him one of the most important political commentators of the year so far.


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Now, the fact that Pop doesn't support Trump isn't all that surprising if you watched his work in the NBA closely.

The same man who LeBron James called the greatest coach in league history is the same man who hired the first female coach in league history.

Popovich is also the same man who consistently recruits players from different countries and all-around a progressive mind in the league.

Still, as a voter, you wouldn't expect for that progressive mind to extend to politics.

And that's exactly why a voice like his is so valuable.

Citations: Washington Post