SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — San Antonio Spurs Gregg Popovich spoke to reporters while getting Team USA ready for the FIBA World Cup at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
The questions wore thin fast for the long time coach as he swatted away what he deemed were pretty dumb questions.
One topic raised by a reporter in the gaggle that drew a decent response was on whether he felt basketball and sports in general were a good distraction from the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Ohio.
“The situation we are all living in now, everybody looks for a little bit of a distraction in some way, shape or form,” Popovich stated with a bit of a tired tone. “But it would be a lot better if people in power got off their asses and got something done.
“I think they’re on vacation now,” the coach continued, taking on a more sarcastic tone. “There’s nothing going on so why not take a break. They’ll come back and fix the gun situation, the environment, inequality — they’ll fix all of that when they come back. I’m sure.”
As for the upcoming FIBA World Cup, it appears the players will be getting a “huge” experience from it and Popovich says he will talk to players who don’t have much international experience and isn’t concerned about “his team” — the Spurs — at the moment.