Gregg Popovich Likens Government Shutdown to 'Children Fighting Over Toys'

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBANational NBA Featured ColumnistOctober 15, 2013

When Gregg Popovich speaks, the basketball world listens.

His hoops resume demands that kind of respect. Under his watch, the San Antonio Spurs have posted the most consecutive 50-win seasons in NBA history (14 and counting) and raised four championship banners.

Now, we'll see if he has the same kind of effect on the political world.

Pressed about the U.S. government shutdown prior to his team's game against the Denver Nuggets on Monday, Popovich was very candid with his opinion, via Matt Moore of CBS Sports:

Most foreigners think we're pretty silly... and they're correct. It's children fighting over their toys, so to speak. It's got nothing to do with the public or what's good for the country. It's about winning and losing, and that doesn't do any of us much good.

Come on, coach—tell us how you really feel.

Oh, don't worry, he did:

It's funny how each of them talks about what the American people want. The leaders from one side, they talk and say 'The American People want...' How the hell do these people know what they want? They live in a fishbowl. And then the other side says the same thing. It's kind of comical, if it wasn't so dramatically devastating for so many people.

Here's a look at Popovich's comments in full via CBS Sports:

As Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News noted, this was just a case of Pop being Pop:

Not everyone was in agreement with his stance, though, via's Ethan Sherwood Strauss:

If you've paid any attention to the NBA over the last few decades, you know how fortunate we'd all be if Popovich followed his coaching career with a trip to the broadcast booth. His in-game interviews and pre- and postgame press conferences have often been more entertaining than the on-court product itself.

And to think, this guy supposedly coaches the most boring team in the league.

It's a laughable concept, given both the talent around him and the personalities of this franchise. If sustained success is boring, then I hope to be the most boring writer in the history of professional sports.

Pop always gives us plenty to chew on with his soundbites, and this commentary is no exception.

Maybe he'll make a Keith Olbermann-type foray into the world of political commentary. I cannot think of many things that would be more worth your viewing time.