LeBron James should continue to speak out on issues beyond basketball, according to San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. He added that James “possibly has more impact off the court” through his social activism.
The controversial Popovich, who previously has said ‘We live in a racist country” and has blasted President Donald Trump, spoke Sunday before his Spurs team played James’s Cleveland Cavaliers.
“I don’t pick and choose what LeBron should talk about any more than any talking heads who try to pick and choose,” Popovich said, adding that the recent confrontation between Fox News host Laura Ingraham – wherein Ingraham told James and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant to “shut up and dribble” after slamming Trump – was “an unbelievable show of arrogance.”
“To me, when I heard about that it was just an unbelievable show of arrogance for a talking head to try and tell someone else if they can speak, what they can speak about and when and where to do it,” Popovich said. “It’s just ludicrous, but [also] to not have a feel for who this guy is [is disappointing].”
Popovich noted that despite an ultra-high profile, James hasn’t been immersed in any scandals, calling him “a brilliant example for millions of kids.” He compared James’s impact to that of the Black Panther movie when it came to role models. “How cool is that for kids to see that, to have that superhero? Well, LeBron’s been that for a long time.”
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