Spurs' Gregg Popovich Lauds Joe Biden, Kamala Harris After Inauguration

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IIJanuary 21, 2021

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich looks on from the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. The Spurs won 125-104. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich spent part of Inauguration Day praising President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris as their new administration gets to work.

"[Biden is] a decent man who really genuinely cares about people," Popovich told reporters before Wednesday's matchup against the Golden State Warriors. "That's huge. I also believe that he understands concept of service before self. He's got the courage to understand he has awesome responsibilities that he will honor and he wants the job."

The 71-year-old was one of the most critical voices of former President Donald Trump's administration among his peers, though he didn't intend to end up with that designation.

Asked what made him begin to speak up, the Air Force alum said speaking truth in tough situations has been part of his personality for a long time.

"I don't think there was any moment when I decided to speak out," Popovich said. "I've always done it kind of privately with my team. Whether it's been about race or equal justice or the war in Iraq—a variety of situations. But I've always kept it pretty private. So somewhere along the line, I probably just said something in a more public sense during the last administration."

Now that a new administration has moved into the White House, it doesn't mean Popovich will tone down his rhetoric, but he will be sharing the same ideals and principles as the nation's leaders.

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The coach reaffirmed that stance Wednesday only hours after the nation welcomed the new president and vice president.

"With those kinds of beliefs and standards, I think that President Biden and Vice President Harris will do everything they can to make it a better country for all the citizens," Popovich said. "To move us forward and try to get closer to that ultimate goal of a more perfect union."