Pop, like most of the NBA, is concerned with the climate surrounding race in the United States. He made a comment that was posted in the Spurs Twitter page:
July 11, 2020
“As we all are well aware, it’s a seminal moment in the sense that we have an opportunity to do something transformative if we have the courage. And as with many things in today’s world, interest wanes pretty quickly no matter what the topic. And in this particular situation talking about racism it’s been talked about many, many times over centuries and this is where we are. So the league, the players, the coaches, the staff, everybody is very committed to keeping it upfront in everybody’s consciousness even though everybody’s excited to go play. This is a great opportunity to make sure to maintain the momentum, because that’s what it takes.”
Never one to mince words, Pop avoided any political asides and kept a clear, concise message reminding people that the league as a whole are responsible to keep the momentum as the entertainment of sport creeps back into the spectrum.
There was a moment where discussion was started that players could and/or should sit out as part of the effort to keep the focus on the matter at hand and not dilute it with basketball.
Many WNBA players have put out statements that they will sit out the season to continue the Black Lives Matter efforts.
What do you think, Pounders? We all want basketball, but should the players have opted out of the Orlando bubble mini-season tournament to continue the efforts on the front lines?
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