When asked about the grandstanding done by Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver, Gregg Popovich was ready to fire back.

Pop completely dismissed Sarver’s unhappiness with the San Antonio Spurs sitting out five players for a preseason game last Thursday, and mocked him for the apology he offered to Suns fans.

Popovich also explained why so many of his guys couldn’t play.

Per the Express-News:

“As I said, the silliness begins,” Popovich said. “Most wise individuals would check facts before they made statements. Unless you’re interested in putting on a show. In that case, the facts get in your way, as in this case.

 

“We had five guys we didn’t send. Patty Mills had a shoulder operation over the summer. Tiago Splitter (calf) has been out the whole preseason. Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) was out and is still out for 10 more days. The other two, Duncan and Ginobili, are two of the oldest guys in the league who just came back from a 13-day European trip.

 

“The only thing that surprises me is that he didn’t say it in a chicken suit. I’ll just leave it at that.”