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Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at 10:10 am  |  48 responses

Gregg Popovich Blasts Government Shutdown (VIDEO)

Pop for President.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, like most Americans, is less than impressed with the Government being shut down for the last two weeks. Pop mocked the absurdity of the entire thing in a chat with CBS Sports: “When asked whether he had discussed the shutdown with his team, Popovich said no, in part because the team’s international players, ‘think (the United States is) pretty silly … We talk about a lot of things with the team,’ Popovich said. ‘We haven’t gotten really specific with the shutdown … Most foreigners think we’re pretty silly … and they’re correct. It’s children fighting over their toys, so to speak. It’s got nothing to do with the public or what’s good for the country. It’s about winning and losing, and that doesn’t do any of us much good. Hopefully they’re going to get to some sort of agreement in the next couple of days that might be good for the American people. It’s funny how each of them talks about what the American people want. The leaders from one side, they talk and say ‘The American People want…’ How the hell do these people know what they want? They live in a fishbowl. And then the other side says the same thing. It’s kind of comical, if it wasn’t so dramatically devastating for so many people.’ Popovich, who has never stated his political party or if he has one, donated $5,000 to President Barack Obama’s political campaign for re-election in 2012.”

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  • Mike Gilbert

    fine worthy? lol

    He’s not advocating for any side specifically, but if he was, would that be allowed?

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ Anthony Dixon

    More Respect for Coach POP.

  • berkamore

    Gotta love Pop. Took the words right out of my mouth. I am not even following that whole thing, it’s just so silly.

  • pposse

    its a tad bit childish for someone of Pop’s stature to go out and say (what may be true) that America is thought of as ‘silly’ in other countries and then not back up his claims with real fact.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    He’s just an awesome sensible person with a lot of common sense. What the government lacks.

  • Dfrance

    I don’t see how they could fine him even if he took a side, its not NBA related at all. The team and/or NBA may say they’re his own views and not representative of the league if they think its that serious.

    You’re AVI is hilarious btw

  • Cortez Mack

    Popovich is inadvertently part of the problem with his “both sides do it” nonsense.

    If I say 2 + 2 =4 and some lunatic says no, no, no I say 2 + 2 = 10, the answer is not to say lets meet halfway and say 2 + 2 = 7.

  • JohnWilkesPoop

    Anyone who’s traveled or lived outside the country knows what he said is true.

  • Max

    Pop for president!

  • pposse

    no one is denying what he said is true…just He shouldn’t speak the truth unless he backs it up

  • LLC#12

    Back it up how? With examples of why the US is silly? He was just answering a question. It was an ample answer.

  • JohnWilkesPoop

    I don’t really know what you mean. He should have presented data showing the percent of people worldwide who think America is silly? Now you’re being silly.

  • pposse

    with great power comes great responsibility. Pop has great power, his comments were not responsible..as evidenced by this ‘silly’ thread

  • JohnWilkesPoop

    Silly.

  • spit hot fiyah

    +1 for pop

  • bike

    He’s simply articulating what the vast majority of Americans feel. Al-Qaeda has a higher approval rating than Congress does right now. Pathetic.

  • it’s_not_math

    Or how about this: If someone doesn’t agree that 2+2 =4 maybe you don’t fight and curse at the guy, you try to reason with him instead.

  • Cortez Mack

    At a certain point, someone arguing the validity of the value of 2 + 2 (or the equivalent with regard to being a provable or well recognized fact) is either beyond reason or is being purposely disingenuous.

  • Cortez Mack

    If no one is denying ir then why does he need to back it up?

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ Anthony Dixon

    Man this has nothing to do with the overall problem.

  • Cortez Mack

    Sure it does.

    Insinuating (false) equivalence is misleading the majority of people who rely on 3rd party conduits to rely information and analysis.

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ Anthony Dixon

    People should stop relying and go seek the truth . Especially from an Basketball coach.

  • Cortez Mack

    In general, you are right. People should be more intellectually curious. However, it is strange that you are implicitly dismissing the idea of respecting or relying on the thoughts of a “basketball coach”, yet your original comment a few minutes earlier was supporting the very same “basketball coach” and his ideas on the issue at hand.

    Very odd.

    FTR, I was making a comment about pundits in general, not specifically Popovich. He has enough issues thinking about basketball. Especially his decision to take out his undisputed best player, leading scorer and leading re-bounder (maybe the best player at his position of all time) in order in “guard the 3″ given that he was up 3 and Mothball Miller was on the court.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Republicans and Democrats both suck. Your analogy makes zero sense.

  • Cortez Mack

    It “sucks” only if someone accept your premise.

    I do not.

    Besides that, despite your assertion, I’m not arguing Republican vs. Democrat. I am arguing fact vs non fact. And even if I were arguing what you suggest, I could easily demonstrate that the core activities and policy goals of one of those groups were more factually consistent than the other.

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ Anthony Dixon

    I’m just saying we expect too much from people. Why criticize a man for his opinion with no power on the real issue? If people are misled by his statements then thats a different problem.

    And true, hopefully the Spurs will utilize KL . It will be hard to see the Spurs win with that old squad.

  • pposse

    he does have power though. He has the power to sway the general publics minds one way or the other with his words, thats just the way it is.

  • pposse

    he should back up what he says cause he is an important figure, should’t mislead american citizens one way or the other. The only thing I got out of what he was saying is that his international players AND popovich himself thinks america and its politics are ‘silly’

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ Anthony Dixon

    True ,but thats terrible because he’s an NBA coach lol but i see.

  • Mike Gilbert

    which, full-circle, is a reflection of the American people.. Sigh…we’re all idiots

  • danpowers

    well, we are aware that not all us-americans are “silly”. dang, i mean the usa got great movies, music and sports. its just sad that so much potential is being wasted away by the power structures and for foreigners it is hard to understand how republicans are able to mobilize so many voters among even the working class in the times of the internet and almost free access to information. its even sadder because it slowly starts to become more and more like this over here in my eurotrash country, too.

  • AlbertBarr

    YOur on the money Cortez. The both sides meme is ridiculous and the MSMis one of the reasons it exists. You can’t defeat accusations of liberal bias by ignoring truth.

  • AlbertBarr

    Popovich is also a former member of the military, possibly affiliated with the CIA at one point, and has been active in American Olympic teams. He is an American worthy of the respect of others.

  • AlbertBarr

    That is the definition of cynical. Knowing better and saying it anyways.

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ Anthony Dixon

    ok andddd??? of course we respect him. Does that mean people to look to him for government issues?

  • AlbertBarr

    I am merely pointing out that he isn’t just “an NBA coach.” He, as a person, has experience as an officer in the military and therefore does have an opinion on “government issues” that might be more informed than the average citizen.

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ Anthony Dixon

    ok

  • AlbertBarr

    So you know where the real truth is? Please, inform us of where this elusive truth can be found if not through dialogue with other citizens and those who are supposed to keep us informed (the media…not pop). ANd trust that I do not listen to the media blindly, but I can’t go sit in at congress all day everyday, so I do need some sort of news, along with a knowledge of history and politics, in order to start formulating opinions.

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ Anthony Dixon
  • AlbertBarr

    I don’t think it has.

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ Anthony Dixon

    lol how

  • AlbertBarr

    Because I watched the video and it is standard conspiracy theory libertarian the government is in collusion nonsense. All you have to do is look at the far right and how the populist tea party is forcing the republican establishment, the ones who according to your video are supposedly trying to control us in cahoots with democrats, to hang itself on terrible terrible ideas. Yes, NDAA is bad, yes the Patriot Act is bad, the AUMF is bad. If you are paying attention, many politicians and members of the media also agree they are bad (including the president). But the fact that they exist doesn’t mean that everything else going on in the government is a show built to dupe you into not paying attention to the one world aristocracy taking over and enslaving us in a dystopian fantasy world. If that is where your truth is coming from, you may want to consider expanding your sources.

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ Anthony Dixon

    The president signed the NDAA though

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    an Al-Qaeda isn’t real

  • Ugh

    This is the most sedate blast I’ve ever seen.

  • Ugh

    Arguments about politics are a posterior. Arguments about mathematics are a priori. What this means is that you have to have knowledge of politics as it is practised and theorised to argue about it. A priori means you can define abstract concepts and debate the nature of those abstractions, like in mathematics, without having experience with the practical, material realities of them.

    Politics, by definition, has to be an a posterior argument. Comparison to a priori logic like mathematics is fallacious.

  • Ugh

    Don’t stand for the national anthem, though, and you’re in a whole bunch of trouble.

  • Cortez Mack

    Allow me to use your screen name as an exclamation.

    Ugh.

    You misunderstood the point of the analogy and the origin of the argument in general.

    No one (well certainly not me) was attempting to make the case that political philosophies are, as a general case, a priori. I was referring to the purposeful misrepresentation of a priori facts by politicians. In fact, I explicitly said so in the comment you responded to.

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