Gregg Popovich has been vocal about his feelings on all of the hot-button topics of the past year, from athlete protests, mass shootings and white privilege to the media circuses that are Donald Trump and LaVar Ball.
In the aftermath of Ball’s scathing criticism of Lakers coach Luke Walton, the basketball world has been buzzing and coaches have been expressing their displeasure with ESPN’s coverage of the loud-mouthed marketing maven in particular.
According to Slam Magazine, Pop joined a chorus of coaches who spoke out in the aftermath of Lonzo Ball‘s father telling the media that Walton had lost his young team.
It's a situation that's going to take some time," Pop said. "It's a process and it certainly doesn't need any outside chatter from people who don't have a clue and haven't gotten over themselves." https://t.co/iXxBP5pKAE
While Stan Van Gundy threatened to boycott ESPN, Dallas Mavericks’ Rick Carlisle spit verbal venom at the world’s leading sports media conglomerate and Steve Kerr calls it a "societal issue," Pop isn’t giving any credence to LaVar’s lip service, especially any negative comments about basketball lifer Luke Walton, son of legendary baller and analyst Bill Walton.
Per the OC Register:
“I think the first thing to look at is the substance and gravitas of the source that speaks,” Popovich said before his Spurs lost to the Lakers on Thursday night. “And just stopping at that point would tell you you don’t need to listen or go any further. It’s just another fan in the peanut gallery with an opinion, which is meaningless.”
“Luke has been schooled in this game since he was a little kid,” Popovich said. “He doesn’t even know what he knows probably, just by osmosis. Whether it was living at home or in school as a player, he’s had tremendous experience.
“As a player he wasn’t the best athlete in the world, but those are the guys that sometimes understand the game better, it comes a little tougher. They understand what wins and loses, what they have to do to get an advantage, and really understand the game. Which he does.”