Per SI, Kerr was unwilling to comment on the fallout between the league and China in recent days.
“Actually I don’t,” Kerr said when asked if he has thoughts on the controversy. “It’s a really bizarre international story. A lot of us don’t know what to make of it. It’s something I’m reading about like everybody is, but I’m not gonna comment further.
Steve Kerr no comments on the Morey/China/NBA situation. Says he’s been reading about it, doesn’t feel versed enough to comment. Full back and forth here. pic.twitter.com/HM1NuF46vG
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 8, 2019
Popovich, meanwhile, praised commissioner Adam Silver for his handling of the situation and standing up for Morey’s freedom of speech.
“He came out strongly for freedom of speech,” Popovich said, per the San Antonio Express-News.
Here’s Trump mocking Steve Kerr pic.twitter.com/5uP67tBNxB
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 9, 2019
Trump was asked during a press conference whether or not it was wrong to be putting pressure on the NBA following Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of Hong Kong protestors last week.
“I watched this guy Steve Kerr and he was like a little boy who was so scared to be even answering the question. He couldn’t answer the question. He was shaking, ‘Oh, I don’t know,'” Trump said. “He didn’t know how to answer the question, and yet he’ll talk about the United States very badly.
“I watched [Gregg] Popovich, sort of the same thing, but he didn’t look quite as scared actually,” Trump added. “But they talk badly about the United States but when we talk about China they don’t want to say anything bad. I thought it was pretty sad, actually.”