Spurs surefire Hall of Fame coach Gregg Popovich distinguished himself in his highly articulate takedown of President-elect Trump and the tenor of the election, which made Popovich “sick to [his] stomach.” Popovich was distressed by “the disgusting tenor, tone and all the comments that have been xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic. And I live in that country where half the people ignored all that to elect someone. That’s the scariest part.” Announcer and former coach Jeff Van Gundy, Clippers coach Doc Rivers, Warriors coach Steve Kerr and others joined in condemning the situation.
Now some teams are fighting the election not just with words, but with money. ESPN reports that the Mavericks, Bucks and Grizzlies — and a few other unnamed teams — are choosing not to stay in Trump-associated hotels during the season. Doing so they follow the example set by the LA Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez early this year, when he stayed apart from his team to avoid contributing to Trump’s campaign in any way.