Spurs’ Gregg Popovich chimes in on history of racial inequality
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is not one to shy away from discussing social issues. In fact, he is one of the most outspoken NBA personalities when talking about them. The 71-year old mentor recently gave his two cents about the history of racial inequality, citing a New York Times article written by Nikole Hannah-Jones.
This is only a partial quote of what Pop said, but it was on point: pic.twitter.com/OdpDsIn0nE
— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) July 11, 2020
Even at 71 years old, Popovich continues to learn more about history and challenging himself to change his perceptions on past events based on new knowledge in the present.
As you can see, Popovich suggested the importance of re-educating yourself and questioning the norm to learn about what really happened in history. Some references may omit important details that change the way Americans view a historical event, such as Abraham Lincoln’s freeing of the slaves.
Popovich is very much engaged with what’s going on in the world right, especially in the United States. Thus, more than anything, he is looking forward to using the season’s resumption as a platform to further his campaign against social injustice and help raise awareness on pressing social issues, especially on racism. The NBA has urged players, teams, and coaches to do so as the spotlight turns onto the league when the season comes back later this month.
Basketball may not be the number one thing on Popovich’s mind right now, but San Antonio enters the “bubble” games with little room for error. The Spurs are currently the 12th seed in the Western Conference. Four games separate them from the No. 8 seeded Memphis Grizzlies.