Popovich criticises 'embarrassing' Trump again

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Once again, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich did not hold back when talking about United States president Donald Trump.

Before San Antonio's 113-111 loss to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals opener on Sunday, Popovich was asked how he handles the distractions of the outside world.

And the 68-year-old - a five-time NBA championship-winning coach - responded with another harsh criticism of Trump.

"Usually, things happen in the world and you go to work and you've got your family and you've got your friend and you do what you do, but to this day I feel like there's a cloud, a pall, over the whole country, in a paranoid surreal sort of way that's got nothing to do with the Democrats losing the election," Popovich said.

"It's got to do with the way one individual conducts himself. It's embarrassing. It's dangerous to our institutions and what we all stand for and what we expect the country to be.

"But for this individual, he's at a game show and everything that happens begins and ends with him, not our people or our country. 

"When he talks about those things, that's just a ruse. That's disingenuous, cynical and fake."

The room fell awkwardly silent after Popovich's rant. He then lightened the mood with a joke about the playoff game at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

"Well with that, have a nice day," Popovich said. "Enjoy the game. Somebody's going to win. Somebody's going to lose. I just hope somebody doesn't get their butt kicked."

Popovich has been highly critical of Trump in the past, especially since he has been elected.