SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — San Antonio Spurs Coach Greg Popovich has never held back on his feelings about President Trump and now that he has Trump’s attention, that’s not likely to change.

Last week, President Trump was critical of how NBA Commissioner Adam Silver had handled pressure from the Chinese government. Trump also took aim at Spurs Coach Popovich and Golden State Coach Steve Kerr saying both coaches talk bad about the United States but “don’t want to say anything bad” when they talk about China.

Before Sunday’s pre-season game against the Pelicans, Popovich responded.

“All I did was make a comparison between Adam Silver’s show of principle and courage in a tough situation, as opposed to how our president reacts in the company of authoritarian figures. Whether it’s Saudi Arabia or North Korea or Russia or Turkey, or whatever it is, he comes off as pretty feckless, impotent, and cowardly by comparison.”

He went on to defend Silver.

“Adam Silver, that was fraught with economic peril, but he stood by our nation and its principles. That’s pretty huge these days.”

The China controversy began when Daryl Morey, the General Manager of the Houston Rockets, sent out a tweet supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

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