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.
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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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.