San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has always been one of the league’s most enlightened coaches, and he provided some thoughtful comments regarding the anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination.
Many coaches shy away from political or potentially controversial topics outside of basketball during their myriad of press conferences, but Gregg Popovich has never been shy in sharing his thoughts on several different topics during his time with the San Antonio Spurs.
Pop has been supportive of racial equality throughout his entire life as a public figure.
He backed that up once again when Popovich was asked about his thoughts on the anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination in his pregame press conference before taking on the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Pop said that Malcolm X spoke the truth in many ways, but he was unfairly charactized as a radical because he was saying things that a large portion of the population wanted to hear.
With #Spurs in New York, and the anniversary of Malcom X assassination just passing, asked Popovich what comes to mind when Malcolm names comes up.. “More than anything, honesty that nobody wanted to hear.” #NBA pic.twitter.com/AbU4RzG2jI
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) February 24, 2019
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Any time Pop talks about a serious topic such as this, nearly everyone around the NBA listens and his comments have even made national news in the past.
Pop’s political commentary has been so popular that there is a marketing campaign that supports a presidential ticket with Popovich and his former player and current coaching rival Steve Kerr, who is also unafraid to share his opinions on social and political issues with the media.
I personally always love hearing Pop talk about topics that he is passionate about, and obviously he has always been an advocate for equality in America.
If Pop ever does decide to run for president, he’d have a great chance to secure my vote.