Gregg Popovich digs Donald Trump in reaction to Barack Obama’s Spurs compliment
Gregg Popovich took advantage this week of a compliment from Barack Obama to take a pot shot at Donald Trump, a frequent target of the San Antonio Spurs head coach’s criticism.
It all started when Obama paid the Spurs organization high praise while speaking at MIT’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference earlier this week. Obama made it clear that if he had his druthers, he would sign with the Spurs if he were an NBA free agent. Obama was quick to point out, though, that such a scenario is “an outstanding fantasy,” which, of course.
“I think it’s fair to say that there are organizations in the NBA that may not win every year, they are focused on the team, they treat everybody in the organization with respect,” Obama said, via the San Antonio Express News. “That is the kind of organization that I would want to be a part of.
“I will say that over the last 15 in basketball, San Antonio would be a great example. There is a little drama popping up right now. If you look at what they’ve built, its just a smart, well run operation with good culture.”
There is no doubt that the Spurs are among the NBA’s model franchises, not only for the organization’s sustained success but also for the running the team with unquestioned professionalism. Although it’s hardly surprising Obama, a huge fan of the NBA, would be aware of such admirable characteristics.
Popovich, when informed how Obama holds the Spurs in such high regard, could not help but take a shot at Trump.
“That’s very flattering,” he said, via a tweet from Melissa Rohlin of the Bay Area News Group. “I’d have to do a background check on him, though, because I’ve heard some things he’s done in the past aren’t very good. I can’t remember where I heard that stuff, but I’d have to do a background check.”
Pop is making reference to Trump’s allegation that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign. Zing, indeed.