If Gregg Popovich ends up running for President, he may have already won the state of California.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr and two-time MVP Stephen Curry each endorsed Popovich for president Wednesday amid a growing fan campaign to try to convince the Spurs coach to run for the White House in 2020.
“I truly would vote for Pop. He would make a great president,” Kerr said, per ESPN. “All jokes aside. I would vote for him.”
Curry echoed Kerr’s sentiment.
“He’s great for the NBA and would be even better for the country, probably,” Curry said, per ESPN.
Popovich’s popularity as a potential presidential candidate has continued to rise in recent months as the legendary coach has repeatedly offered his opinion on the current political landscape, including chastising Donald Trump and his administration.
Popovich recently slammed Trump, calling him a “soulless coward,” in an interview with The Nation after Trump falsely claimed Barack Obama and other former presidents didn’t call families of fallen U.S. soldiers.
“This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner — and to lie about how previous Presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers — is as low as it gets,” Popovich told The Nation.
“We have a pathological liar in the White House: unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day.”
Both Kerr and Curry have also been outspoken critics of Trump in the past.
Despite winning the NBA Finals, the Warriors did not visit the White House this summer after Trump rescinded his invitation to the team following reports the Warriors were considering rejecting Trump’s invitation altogether.
Kerr believes if Popovich were to run for president, he would do so on a campaign of “honesty and integrity.”
“Those would be two really key components for any person that wants to become president,” Kerr said, per ESPN. “Honesty and integrity would be fantastic to see. He would provide that.”
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