Basketball World Champions in China (Tim Noonan)

Posted by Ed 9 mths ago
Why the invasion of ‘socially conscious’ NBA coaches and stars in China may not be cause for worry
As China prepares to host the FIBA Basketball World Cup, defending champions Team USA will be led by two of the most opinionated coaches in NBA history
On behalf of the 60 million residents of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, I would like to extend the heartiest of welcomes to Team USA as they prepare to defend their championship, and hopefully their freedom, this coming week at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. And a very special welcome to China as well for two men who have redefined the genre of leadership, head coach Gregg Popovich and assistant Steve Kerr.
A graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Coach Pop has won five championships in his 23 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. His assistant Kerr has been coaching the Golden State Warriors for the past five seasons and led his team to the finals every year, winning three of five.
However, both are so much more than their numbers and have used their pulpit of fame to relentlessly voice their opposition towards the US president and his “divisive, hate-filled agenda”. Naturally, it has inspired a massive chorus of “keep politics out of sports” from their detractors. But, sorry folks, politics and sport are as intertwined as tear gas and Hong Kong. 

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Ed 8 mths ago
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