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October 10, 2019
President Donald Trump, in his first public comments about the NBA’s relationship with China, criticized Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich for their response to questions about the controversy.
Trump weighed in on the topic Wednesday afternoon, saying NBA officials have to “work out their own situation” with China, while he was critical of Kerr and Popovich, saying they were “pandering to China.”
Kerr, who has been publicly critical of Trump and vocal on several social issues in the United States, said Monday that he had no comment when asked about the fallout from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet last week that showed support for protesters in Hong Kong.
Trump focused on Kerr two days later, saying the three-time championship-winning coach “was like a little boy, he was so scared to be even answering the question.”
“He couldn’t answer the question — he was shaking, ‘Oh, oh, oh, I don’t know. I don’t know,'” Trump said. “He didn’t know how to answer the question, and yet he’ll talk about the United States very badly.”