Popovich's honourable message after Texas shooting

In the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting in nearby Sutherland Springs, a sombre Gregg Popovich said he believed it was “inappropriate” to talk about basketball.

Popovich's honourable message after Texas shooting

Popovich's honourable message after Texas shooting

So the San Antonio Spurs head coach kept his post-game remarks brief and focused on the tragedy that killed at least 26 people on Sunday morning.

“We won a basketball game, but considering what’s going on today, it’s pretty meaningless,” Popovich said after his team’s 112-95 win over the Suns in San Antonio.

“When you think about the tragedy those families are suffering, it’s just inconceivable. It’s impossible to put your head around.

“So I think talking about basketball tonight is probably pretty inappropriate.”

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Gregg Popovich. Pic: Getty

With that, Popovich ended his post-game media availability and headed back into the locker room.

Sutherland Springs is located about 35 miles from downtown San Antonio. The Spurs held a moment of silence for the shooting victims before the game.

Sunday’s victory actually pushed Popovich past Phil Jackson for sixth place on the all-time coaching wins list with 1156.

But as Pop himself said, such a milestone seems empty considering what the community in Sutherland Springs and San Antonio are dealing with right now.

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