Prior to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals last night, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was asked if he ever gets distracted by what's going on in the real world outside of basketball when preparing for games.

Coach Pop, who has never been shy when it comes to criticizing President Trump, gave a well thought out response to this question in which he said "I feel like there's a could, a pall over the whole country. In a paranoid, surreal sort of way."

His full response,

"Absolutely. It's interesting you would ask that," Popovich said. "Usually things happen in the world, and you go to work, you know, and you've got your family and you've got your friends and you do what you do, but to this day I feel like there's a cloud, a pall over the whole country -- in a paranoid, surreal sort of way.

"It's got nothing to do with the Democrats losing the election. It's got to do with the way one individual conducts himself. And that's embarrassing, it's dangerous to our institutions and what we all stand for, what we expect the country to be. But for this individual, he's in a game show. And everything that happens begins and ends with him -- not our people or our country. Every time he talks about those things, that's just a ruse. That's just disingenuous, cynical and fake."

Check out video of Popovich's answer below.