The players and coaches of the NBA have largely been dismissive of Donald Trump. Stars like Stephen Curry and LeBron James have both blasted the President. Coaches in the league have also piled on, including Steve Kerr of the Warriors and Greg Popovich of the Spurs.
Popovich and Kerr are two of the more progressive coaches in the league, though both have been quiet on the NBA’s current situation with China. Today, Trump ripped into both of the coaches for their refusal to speak out about the matter.
Trump said that when Kerr was asked about China, “[he] was like a little boy, he was so scared to be even answering the question. He couldn’t answer the question — he was shaking, ‘Oh, oh, oh, I don’t know. I don’t know.’ He didn’t know how to answer the question, and yet he’ll talk about the United States very badly.”
The President was slightly kinder to the Spurs coach, saying, “I watched Popovich — sort of the same thing, but he didn’t look quite as scared actually. But they talk badly about the United States, but when it talks about China, they don’t want to say anything bad. I thought it was pretty sad, actually. It’ll be very interesting.”
Trump then claimed that both men were Anti-American. “I watch the way that Kerr and Popovich and some of the others were pandering to China, and yet to our own country, it’s like they don’t respect it. It’s like they don’t respect it. I said, ‘What a difference — isn’t it sad?’ It’s very sad. To me, it’s very sad.”
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