Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr wasn’t fazed by President Donald Trump’s accusations that he acted like a scared “little boy” when asked about the NBA’s developing situation with China situation Monday.
Kerr, who often speaks his mind on hot-button political issues, chose not to comment when asked about Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting Hong Kong protesters in their conflict with China’s government, and the ensuing fallout.
“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.”
Wednesday, when asked about the NBA’s situation, Trump took the opportunity to go on a rant against Kerr (and to a lesser extent, San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich).
“I watch this guy Steve Kerr, and he was like a little boy,” Trump said. “He was so scared to be even answering the question. He couldn’t answer the question, he was shaking. He didn’t know how to answer the question. He’ll talk about the United States very badly.”
Kerr was asked about the response during media availability Thursday. He joked about considering riding a tricycle into the room (re: being a “little boy”), and added that he was “the shiny object” that occupied Trump Wednesday.
He went on to ruminate on his meetings with five previous presidents, one of which occurred shortly after his father was shot and killed in Beirut when he was president of the American University of Beirut. Kerr continued on to say he will not stop commenting on issues “near to his heart,” like gun safety.
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