- Dave Thomas American-Statesman staff
NBA coach Gregg Popovich for president? Are people taking this seriously?
But he’s a reality TV star with no political or military experience who rose to prominence through the strength of a family fortune and a penchant for insults.
No, wait. That’s our current president.
In that light, President Popovich doesn’t seem so strange.
There’s no word that the outspoken San Antonio Spurs head coach has any designs on politics beyond his public criticism of President Trump — among many other comments, Popovich called Trump a “soulless coward” after he falsely claimed President Obama and other commanders in chief "didn't make calls" to families of fallen soldiers.
But that hasn’t stopped The Rich Eisen Show and comedy video website “Funny or Die” from producing “Pop for President” — purportedly the first ad for Popvich’s 2020 election campaign …
The fictional ad, which pokes fun at Tim Duncan and points out that Popovich doesn’t have a Twitter account, is followed by an “attack ad,” which targets the Spurs’ use of foreign-born players.
An Air Force veteran who had enough aptitude for military intelligence that he considered a career in the CIA, Popovich has never expressed in interest in a political career.View full experience