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Pop on Orlando “I’m safer here than I would be in Texas.”

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The Spurs head coach is heading to Florida.

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In an article released this week, Gregg Popovich has announced he is heading to Orlando.

“I honestly do believe — it’s not just being a loyal soldier of the NBA, I’ve done my share of criticizing here and there when I thought it was necessary — I don’t know where else you would be as safe as we are right now,” Popovich said about joining the San Antonio Spurs in Orlando, Florida for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season.

The Spurs coach, 71, is the oldest and longest-tenured head coach in the NBA. With CDC stating that people 65 and over can be more vulnerable to the virus, it was questionable whether Pop would or should be attending.

“If this bubble works, I’m safer here than I would be in Texas,” stated Popovich. “And since the decision was made to do this to start the season again, under these circumstances, with all the precautions, what a great opportunity.”

That is a big “if” when considering one asymptomatic case in the bubble is capable of disrupting the entire program. Hard to believe a man of his means would think the bubble safer after the recent rise in COVID-19 cases. The Trump administration, who has prioritized jump-starting the economy by fighting the CDC stringent restrictions and calling for schools to reopen without a cohesive plan, is often at at the receiving end of criticism from the three-time NBA Coach of the Year.

“I think going into this bubble, everybody has to take the proper precautions and do their own part . . . not just our team, but other teams. It’s definitely serious. It’s a serious issue. But we vow to do the right thing.”- Rudy Gay on the move to Orlando.

At this point it will be interesting to see if the season is allowed to continue, considering Florida topped the U.S. one-day total this weekend at 15,000 cases, a new high compared even to New York.

If the NBA season does resume, rest assured Pop will be on the sideline offering the same consistency he has for twenty-three seasons.


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