Spurs’ Gregg Popovich goes off on Texas’ handling of the coronavirus
San Antonio Spurs legendary coach Gregg Popovich slammed the state of Texas and how it’s handling the coronavirus pandemic.
Per Tom Petrini of KENS 5, Popovich put on his usual acidic tone on his criticism of Texas’ governor.
“We’ve been all over the map in Texas, nobody knows what the hell is going on. We have a Lt. Gov. who decided he doesn’t want to listen to [National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony] Fauci and those people anymore. Well that makes a lot of sense. Come on. How safe can that be?”
“We’ve been all over the map in Texas, nobody knows what the hell is going on. We have a Lt. Gov. who decided he doesn’t want to listen to Fauci and those people anymore”
Gregg Popovich shared some thoughts about state and federal leadership on coronavirus pic.twitter.com/XiMQcunE6y
— Tom Petrini (@RealTomPetrini) July 16, 2020
Popovich lambasted the governor for being all about politics. In his view, there are no clear policies to stop contain the coronavirus. In effect, the longtime Spurs coach believes that’s it’s way safer to be in the Orlando bubble than be in Texas.
Popovich has always been outspoken on matters outside basketball. His players have shared numerous stories about Popovich’s coaching methods. Some even said that during their first meeting with the legendary coach, they didn’t talk about basketball at all. So it’s no surprise that he has some well-formed opinions on the matter.
The Spurs are one of the 22 teams set to return to action. They currently sport a 27-36 record for 12th in the Western Conference. They have four games behind the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies. They will play eight more games to determine if they’ll qualify for the postseason.
The franchise is currently on a 22-year playoff streak—the longest active streak in the NBA. The streak is at risk but as long as the Spurs have Popovich on the sidelines, they have a mighty good chance.