So its no shock that the legendary coach of the San Antonio Spurs, a winner of 4 NBA titles, had a sturdy response when requested why it is essential for the league to have fun Black Historical past Month.
“I believe it is fairly apparent. Our league is made up of a lot of black guys,” Popovich informed reporters Monday earlier than the Spurs took on the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake Metropolis. “To honor that and perceive it is fairly simplistic. How would you ignore that? Extra importantly, we reside in a racist nation that hasn’t figured it out but.
“It is at all times essential to deliver consideration to it, even when it angers some individuals. The purpose is, you must hold it in entrance of all people’s nostril and perceive that it nonetheless hasn’t been taken care of and we nonetheless have a lot of labor to do.”
It is not the primary time Popovich has been outspoken about race or politics, particularly President Donald Trump:
“This man within the Oval Workplace is a soulless coward who thinks that he can solely turn out to be giant by belittling others. This has after all been a widespread apply of his, however to do it on this method — and to lie about how earlier presidents responded to the deaths of troopers — is as little as it will get.” — in a name to The Nation author Dave Ziri, after President Trump falsely claimed his predecessors hadn’t written or known as the households of slain American troops throughout their tenures.
“I really feel like there’s a cloud, a pall over the entire nation in a paranoid, surreal kind of approach. It is bought nothing to do with the Democrats dropping the election, it has to do with the way in which one particular person conducts himself, and that is embarrassing. It is harmful to our establishments and what all of us stand for and what we anticipate the nation to be.” — earlier than the Spurs performed the Golden State Warriors within the Western Convention Finals.
“It is nonetheless early and I am nonetheless sick to my abdomen. Not principally as a result of the Republicans received or something, however the disgusting tenor and tone and all of the feedback which were xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic, and I reside in that nation the place half the nation ignored all that to elect somebody. That is the scariest a part of the entire thing to me.” — simply days after Trump’s surprising victory within the 2016 presidential election.
Popovich is additionally head coach of the US males’s basketball workforce, which suggests he shall be main the country’s highest-profile workforce in the course of the 2020 Summer season Olympics in Tokyo — giving him a global platform for his opinions.