Sports Medley: Popoff
Popovich pops off again: 15 May 17
by Tony Medley
San Antonio Spurs
Coach Gregg Popovich: ďTo this day I feel like there is a cloud, a pall,
over the whole country in a paranoid, surreal sort of way. It has
nothing to do with the Democrats losing the election. It has to do with
the way one individual conducts himself. Thatís embarrassing;
itís dangerous to our
institutions and what we all stand for and what we expect the country to
be. But for this individual, heís in a game show. And everything that
happens begins and ends with him. Not our people or our country; every
time he talks about those things, itís just a ruse. Thatís just
disingenuous, cynical, and, uh, fake.Ē
This is not the first
time that Popovich has popped off. He is extraordinarily condescending
and rude to TV interviewers. He struts his arrogance every time he
stands for one of these interviews during a game.
Nobody is interested
in his political opinions, which seem as biased and ill- informed as
those St. Louis Rams who made fools of themselves by buying into the
ďhands up donít shootĒ lie.
As to Popoff
Popovichís ability to judge the character of people and to make
psychological assessments of a personís mental health, he contributed
lots of money to disgraced Democrat presidential candidate John Edwards.
Edwards is the lowlife who fathered an illegitimate baby while married
to his wife, embarrassed his wife and the mother of his legitimate
children, and lied about it while running for the Presidential
nomination of the Democrat party. One should take Popovichís affection
and respect for someone of such low morals as Edwards into consideration
when giving value to his gratuitous, politically biased opinion of our
present Presidentís character and emotional health.
gratuitous advice for Popoff Popovich: shut up in public forums about
everything but basketball and try to be a little kinder and more
understanding with people who are only doing their job in asking you a
few questions during the game. Maybe their questions seem naÔve and
silly to you, but not as naÔve and silly as your political opinions seem
to people who are more knowledgeable of the facts than you.
But Popovich is more
than just a narrow-minded bully. Heís also a selfish hypocrite. In the
first game of the semi-final playoff series against Golden State, the
Spursí best player, Kawhi Leonard, injured his ankle after a slight
brush from Golden Stateís Zaza Pachulia.
Leonard had actually
seriously injured the ankle earlier in the third quarter when he fell
back into his own bench after taking a jump shot and stepped on a
teammateís foot. It was so bad that his foot went one way and his ankle
turned almost all the way to the ground. Iíve had sprains like this and
they weaken the ligaments considerably.
Leonard left the game but then
Popovich put him back in and thatís when he injured it again. And the
only reason he turned it again was that it was so weak that it couldnít
stand up to the minimal contact he felt from Pachulia. A person with
more intelligence, consideration, and common sense than Popovich would
have immediately sent Leonard to the locker room to ice the ankle and
then put him into a walking boot, hoping that it would heal fast enough
for him to play in a few days because rest is essential to healing a
sprained ankle. Instead Popovich put him back in the game and that
resulted in Leonard injuring the ankle more seriously.
Probably realizing that
his actions in returning Leonard to the game when he was seriously
injured, ŗ la Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan destroying Robert
Griffinís career by selfishly putting him back in a playoff game when he
was seriously injured causing a more serious injury, Popovich took the
offense to mask his foolish move.
Popping off again, he
immediately transferred the blame to Pachulia of causing the injury,
saying, ďA two-step lead with your foot close out is not appropriate.
It's dangerous, it's unsportsmanlike. It's just not what anybody does to
anybody else." Nonsense. Nobody who saw the play thought it was anything
intentional. Even Clippersí coach Doc Rivers ridiculed the idea that it
was intentional. In fact, Popovich was the sole person responsible.
In 2006 when it was his own Bruce
Bowen who was being accused of doing the exact same thing Popovich is
accusing Pachulia of, though, Popovich was a true hypocrite, defending
Bowen to the end and castigating others who were attacking Bowen as
Popovich is today attacking Pachulia.
Popovich might be a
good coach, but he has a lot to learn about being a good human being.