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SAN ANTONIO — The affection Warriors coach Steve Kerr has for Spurs coach Gregg Popovich begins with basketball after which extends by household and politics.
So a lot that Kerr would think about Popovich a viable candidate to develop into President.
“I truly would vote for Pop. He would make a great president,” Kerr mentioned following follow on Wednesday. “All jokes aside. I would vote for him.”
When the Warriors (5-Three) play in a nationally televised recreation on Thursday towards the Spurs (Four-Three), Kerr could have created a marketing campaign slogan for such a run within the 2020 presidential election.
“Honesty and integrity,” Kerr mentioned. “Those would be two really key components for any person that wants to become President. “Honesty and integrity would be fantastic to see. He would provide that.”
In different phrases, Kerr sees Popovich possessing qualities that he argues President Donald Trump has lacked.
Both Kerr and Popovich have been vocally crucial of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric about minorities, girls, the LGBT group and the disabled. They don’t agree with Trump’s insurance policies both, together with his travel-ban concentrating on Muslim-majority nations, his vulgar criticism for NFL gamers which have protested racial ineqality in the course of the nationwide anthem and the way he has dealt with uninviting the Warriors for a customary White House go to after successful the 2017 NBA championship.
PopovichKerr2020.com has featured campaign-style memorabilia touting the 2 NBA coaches as a presidential ticket, with internet proceeds going towards varied charities. After additionally criticizing Trump for his rhetoric, Warriors guard Stephen Curry mentioned he would vote for Popovich as a result of “he’s great for the NBA and would be even better for the country probably.” Kerr pressured, “I would not be vice president.”
Instead, Kerr plans to carry his spouse, Margot, and his son, Nick, to dinner with Popovich on Wednesday night. Nick has served as a Spurs video coordinator within the final yr. Asked if he would attempt to get some inside info from his son on the Spurs, Kerr mentioned, “Definitely not. You want to make a name for yourself in the NBA, you probably shouldn’t be a double agent to start. That’s not a good precedent to set.”
It would mark one in every of many qualities Kerr discovered from Popovich after enjoying for him on the Spurs (1998-2001, 2002-03) amid two NBA title runs (1999, 2003).
“He’s become a great friend and is one of my key mentors. What I learned from him as aplayer is profound in terms of the culture the Spurs had built,” Kerr mentioned. “We’ve implemented some of the things Pop has done over the years in Golden State. More than anything I value him as a great friend and somebody I admire.”
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