Legendary NBA Coach Has Wild Response When Asked About Trump

Ford Springer | Contributor

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said the election of Donald Trump is “disorienting” and shows that American values “aren’t very important to half the country.”

Popovich, born to two American immigrants, has spoken up about Trump before, and it seems that he is still holding his ground although the Republican candidate is now president-elect.

Before the Spurs’ game against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, Popovich was asked about Trump again, The Undefeated reports. The San Antonio coach stood by his previous comments and expanded on them in some rather lengthy responses to reporters.

Head coach Gregg Popovich of the 2017-20 USA National Team is interviewed during a practice session at the Mendenhall Center on July 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Head coach Gregg Popovich of the 2017-20 USA National Team is interviewed during a practice session at the Mendenhall Center on July 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

“I told the truth of what I felt,” Popovich said of his previous comments, “and I still feel the same way.”

The Spurs head coach said he hoped Trump would spend the first week trying to unify the “divisiveness” caused by the election, rather than “worry about Obamacare or to talk about Wall Street or Medicare or anything or make appointments.” Popovich also made it clear he didn’t approve of Steve Bannon’s appointment as one of the president-elect’s top advisers.

“It would be great if he made some statements to all of the groups he disparaged, to bring us all together, and to allay fears, because there are a lot of fearful people, and for good reason. But rather than doing that, he inflamed it even more with that appointment,” Popovich commented.

Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talks with player Tony Parker #9. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talks with player Tony Parker #9. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The legendary Spurs coach noted that Trump has “already started to walk back a little bit” on many of the things he promised he would do if elected. “You can’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth,” Popovich said. “It changes day to day, depending on the situation and what he needs at the moment.”

Spurs owners the Holt family are Trump supporters and contributed a good amount of money to his campaign, but Popovich doesn’t seem to be worried about that. It seems the coach who is known for speaking exactly what’s on his mind will continue to do so.

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