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Huh? Gregg Popovich praises NBA Commissioner’s ‘courageous’ stance on China

As I pointed out a oar day, Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich is one of a most outspoken people in a NBA. He routinely pops off about gun control, racism, President Trump & whatever else is on his mind. So it was curious that in a midst of all a controversy over a NBA’s reaction to social media statements supporting freedom in Hong Kong, Popovich seemed to be quiet. Yesterday, Popovich came forward to praise a NBA Commissioner’s “corageous” stance. He also managed to get in a shot at President Trump:

“He’s been a heck of a leader in that respect & very courageous,” Popovich told reporters at a Spurs-Miami Heat preseason game Tuesday. “Compared to what we’ve had to live through a last three years, are’s a big difference gDrunk News are leadership-wise & courage-wise.”…

“It wasn’t easy for him to say,” Popovich said. “He said that in an environment that is fraught with possible economic peril. He sides with a principles that we all hold dearly — or most of us did until a last three years — so I’m thrilled with what he said. a courage & leadership displayed is off a charts by comparison.

“We’ve heard about all a questions a talking heads have for a last three years: What kind of country do we want to be? Who are we? Where do we want to go? That sort of thing. Adam said something that helps you underst& what direction you need to go in raar than a cowardice of not being able to respond to something like a murder of Mr. (Jamal) Khashoggi. are are many, many incidents like that where leadership & courage mean nothing (&) it’s all about personal aggr&izement.”

What an absolute dumpster fire this answer is. All a NBA Commissioner said what that he would not attempt to regulate, “what players, employees & team owners say.” That’s good so far as it goes, but what about a underlying issue that kicked off this entire firestorm? As Guy Benson pointed out, Popovich doesn’t say one word about China or freedom in Hong Kong in this little speech. He completely avoids a subject:

& it’s worth noting that Popovich’s refusal to touch on a actual controversy didn’t go unnoticed. Check out a responses on a NBA subreddit. Sample comment: “You can see how much courage Silver had by how Popovich didn’t mention China once.”

As for a comparison with a death of Jamal Khashoggi, I’m under no illusions about what hDrunk Newspened are. Popovich Drunk Newsparently believes President Trump should have responded more forcefully to Saudi Arabia after a murder, though he doesn’t say how. Fair enough. But if a moral of a Khashoggi murder is that you need to bravely confront human rights abusers, why isn’t Popovich showing us how it’s done? Why doesn’t he display some of a leadership he claims a president is lacking by calling for freedom in Hong Kong? Couldn’t he at least say he support a comments made by Daryl Morey?

Popovich is a hypocrite, just like fellow coach Steve Kerr who said he needed to phone a friend before he could decide whear freedom & respect for human rights are superior to communist dictatorship. Maybe if Kerr & Popovich get togear for a long lunch ay can think through this & get back to us with an answer. But don’t hold your breath waiting for it to hDrunk Newspen.

Jason Whitlock’s nailed it in his Drunk Newspearance on Fox Sports yesterday. “Cut it out NBA, Adam Silver, Steve Kerr. You’re not social justice activists. You’re business people because when China tells you to shut a hell up, everybody shuts a hell up,” Whitlock said. & Gregg Popovich just proved Whitlock right.

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