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Mavericks’ Carlisle on the election: ‘Many of us have concerns’

Special to the Star-Telegram

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy and Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr are among those in the NBA family who have expressed some very strong opinions after Donald Trump was announced as winner of the election Tuesday to be the 45th president of the United States of America.

During Trump’s campaign, some of his remarks overwhelmingly came across as racist, xenophobic and misogynist. Yet he still defeated Hillary Clinton and will be sworn in as the next USA president on Jan. 20.

When asked after Saturday’s practice about Trump, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle wouldn’t say if he talked to his team about Tuesday’s shocking election results. “That’s private,’’ Carlisle said.

But Carlisle did tell the Star-Telegram: “I would say that many of us have concerns, but we also have to give Mr. Trump the opportunity to show that he can deal with all these things. I respect our coaches that were outspoken about it because that’s the essence of our country is the ability to speak your mind.’’

Of Trump winning the presidency, Popovich told San Antonio reporters: “I’m just sick to my stomach. Not basically because the Republicans won or anything, but the disgusting tenor and tone and all of the comments that have been xenophobic, racist, misogynistic.

“I live in that country where half of the people ignored all of that to elect someone. That’s the scariest part of the whole thing to me.’’

Van Gundy also openly shared his displeasure with this country electing Trump to be the next commander in chief.

“I don’t think anybody can deny this guy is openly and brazenly racist and misogynist,’’ Van Gundy said to the Detroit Free Press. “We have just thrown a good part of our population under the bus, and I have problems with thinking this is where we are as a country.’’

Like Popovich and Van Gundy, Kerr also has problems believing this is where the United States is as a country.

“It’s tough when you want there to be some respect and dignity and there hasn’t been any,’’ Kerr told Bay Area reporters. “And then you walk into a room with your daughter and your wife, who’ve basically been insulted by (Trump’s) comments, and they’re distraught.

“And you walk in and you see the faces of your players, most of them who have been insulted directly as minorities, it’s sort of shocking. It really is.’’

Carlisle was cautious in choosing his words, knowing that those words may inflame some.

“We’ll see how it goes,’’ Carlisle said. “But I think Mr. Trump knows that there are a lot of people depending on him to be able to do the right things in a lot of these situations, and it’s not easy.’’

Dwain Price: 817-390-7760, @dwainprice

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