Legendary future Hall of Famer San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has a great deal of credibility when it comes to talking about people’s management style. After all, Popovich has won five NBA titles as the driving force behind the entire Spurs organization.
In an interview before the first game of the Western Conference finals, a reporter asked Popovich if he wanted to share his perspective about the Trump administration and the current state of American politics. Outspoken Trump critic Popovich did not disappoint, and laid into Trump for running a “game show” as president.
Popovich graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy as a Soviet Studies major and was also trained in intelligence gathering, so he can speak about Donald Trump’s shady dealings with a perspective other than than of just a professional basketball coach. Said Popovich about Trump and his effect on America, “There’s a cloud, a pall over the whole country, in a paranoid, surreal sort of way. It’s got to do with the way one person conducts himself and it’s embarrassing. It’s dangerous to our institutions and what we all stand for and what we expect this country to be. But for this individual, he’s in a game show.”
This is not the first time Gregg has spoken out against Trump. Said Popovich last November following the shocking result of the 2016 U.S. election, “What gives me so much pause and makes me feel so badly that the country is willing to be that intolerant and not understand the empathy that’s necessary to understand other group’s situations. I’m a rich white guy, and I’m sick to my stomach thinking about it. I can’t imagine being a Muslim right now, or a woman, or an African-American, a Hispanic, a handicapped person. How disenfranchised they might feel. And for anyone in those groups that voted for him, it’s just beyond my comprehension how they ignore all of that. My final conclusion is—my big fear is—we are Rome.” Do you think Gregg Popovich is right? Watch his recent statement below: