On Wednesday, Donald Trump held a deregulation event to discuss numerous current issues. Among the subjects broached were the impending Brexit, his decision to allow the Turkish invasion of Syria, and his apparent nemesis, Joe Biden. He also jumped at the chance to fire back at one of his most vocal critics, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
When asked about the pressure China has put on the NBA following the comments from Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, who expressed support for Hong Kong protesters, Trump was quick to take a jab at Kerr. "Well the NBA's a different thing, I mean I watch this guy Steve Kerr and he was like a little boy he was so scared to be even answering the question," Trump said.
He continued, "He was shaking. Aww, I don't know. He didn't know how to answer the question, and then he'll talk about the United States badly." From there, he also brought Gregg Popovich, coach of the San Antonio Spurs, into the fray. "He didn't look quite as scared, actually," he added.
Kerr faced criticism on Monday, after he dodged a question regarding the ongoing tension between China and the NBA. Kerr described the protests as a "really bizarre international story," before claiming that he doesn't "know what to make of" it all. "I’m just trying to learn just like everybody else," he said.
Steph Curry was also asked about the situation on Tuesday, and sidestepped the question as best he could.
“This situation, there’s a huge weight and gravity to it," he said. "There’s going to need to be some things to be sorted out. But I just don’t know enough about Chinese history and how that’s influenced modern society...This is not going away. So we’ll come back to it.”