Gregg Popovich Says Donald Trump's Presidency Has Cast 'A Cloud' over America

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2017

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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has never been shy about giving his honest opinion, and President Donald Trump has become the latest target.

"I feel like there is a cloud, a pall over the whole country in a paranoid, surreal sort of way that's got nothing to do with the Democrats losing the election," Popovich said Sunday, per Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News. "It's got to do with the way one individual conducts himself."

The 68-year-old never mentioned Trump by name, but it was clear he was talking about the president.

"For this individual, he's in a game show," he added, per Colin Ward-Henninger of CBS Sports. "And everything that happens begins and ends with him—not our people or our country. Every time he talks about those things, that's just a ruse. That's just disingenuous, cynical and fake."

Popovich has long been a critic of Trump, most notably after the election in November and in an interview with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated a week later. His views didn't change after the inauguration in January.

Meanwhile, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has also been a loud opponent of the current president.

The Spurs are set to face the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday. 

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