Popovich speaks out on Trump before Spurs-Warriors Game 1

Popovich: 'For this individual, he's in a game show'

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OAKLAND – San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has been outspoken about President Donald Trump’s presidency in the past and Sunday morning, he spoke about Trump again during his Game 1 pregame press conference.

Here is the question he was asked by a media member and his full response below:


A coach to a large extent has to shut out a lot of the world. I know you don't; you pay attention to what's going on. But these are crazy times. Do you ever find yourself getting distracted on what's going on now in the outside world?


"Absolutely. It's interesting that you would ask that because usually things happen in the world and you go to work and you've got your family and you've got your friends and you do what you do."

"But to this day I feel like there is a cloud or pall over the whole country in a paranoid, surreal sort of way. It has nothing to do with the Democrats losing the election. It's got to do with the way one individual conducts himself, and it's embarrassing."

"It's dangerous to our institutions and what we all stand for and what we expect the country to be. But for this individual, he's in a game show and everything that happens begins and ends with him, not our people or our country."

"Every time he talks about those things, that's just a ruse. That's just disingenuous, cynical and fake."

"Well, with that, enjoy the game. Somebody's going to win; somebody's going to lose. I just hope somebody doesn't get their butt kicked."

The pregame media session ended on that final quote from Popovich. 

The Spurs and Warriors are playing in the Western Conference Finals for the right to go to the 2017 NBA Finals.

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