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Quote of the Day: Popovich isn’t worried about Rubio

Jan 3, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

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“These guys, they travel around the world,” Popovich said of international players such as Ricky Rubio and Manu Ginobili. “They’re more cultured than we are. Everyone acts like Americans are the ones … we have sort of an arrogance about us. Like we’re the cultured ones? Are you serious? Have you watched TV lately? Have you seen what Americans do? How many languages do you speak? And you wonder how they’re going to adjust to our culture? I hope they avoid it and keep their own!”

—Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on how Ricky Rubio would adjust to American culture, via the Star Tribune.

  1. qdog112 - Jan 3, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Popovich is spot on. Collectively Americans are the most arrogant and ignorant bunch on the planet. SEE: Idiocracy the Reality Show. I love people who have never been anywhere judging lifestyles and cultures of others who are way more knowledgeable than them.

    No wonder they snicker behind our backs. “American Exceptionalism” is “look at me, pat yourself on the back, we’re number one – fabrication, created by fat GOP losers. They have convinced the Joe the plumber types that they are better than anyone else in the world.

    • wlubake - Jan 3, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      What’s wrong with Popovich’s reasoning is that the world welcomes American culture into their lives more than any other. I have traveled in Europe, Asia and Latin America. The same brain dead movies, TV and music are on display there. Some form of American Idol is in just about every industrialized country. Two and a Half Men is broadcast in 31 countries. The techno dance and rap music that is on the club fringe here is broadly played overseas.

      We are exposed to 100% of the American pop culture. So we see all the bad stuff (honestly 75% of the mainstream stuff), as well as some of the good stuff. However, the only French or Spanish culture that makes its way over to America is the cream of the crop. Oscar-nominated films. Brilliant art. Fine wines and cheeses. The junk, such as French rap music and Spanish action movies, don’t make the trip.

      Popovich thinks that American culture lags behind, but he’s comparing our worst to their best.

      • cancionisimas - Jan 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

        As a spaniar, i couldn’t agree more with you, wlubake

      • gregjennings85 - Jan 3, 2012 at 9:30 PM

        I think American Idol, like most US shows in general, was adapted from a British show. You want to talk ethnocentrism? Look at GB first.

        Regardless, the World is one community now, deal with it…we’re all brothers and sisters.

    • dexterismyhero - Jan 3, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      You are allowed to be arrogant or ignorant if you wish to. It is called Freedom. Try being arrogant or ignorant in another country and it may get your head cut off.

      As far as them snickering behind our backs, eff them and you….liberal retard— had to play the politics issue eh?

      • gregjennings85 - Jan 3, 2012 at 9:32 PM

        Spoken like true Patriot. How many slurs can you muster from your black heart?

        You must wake up screaming what you were taught on FoxNews the previous night.

      • gregjennings85 - Jan 3, 2012 at 9:33 PM

        “(a) true patriot”

  2. shep1957 - Jan 3, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    You sound like king Obama. I will not apologize for being an American and living in the greatest country in the world. If that makes me arrogant then so be it!!

    • lebronsinsecurity - Jan 3, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      Talk about missing the point of the post… No one asked you to apologize for anything, it’s your whole “greatest country in the world” attitude while you haven’t seen the whole world is the issue that’s being addressed. But you know that..

      • dexterismyhero - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:16 PM

        Well, we are the greatest country in the world. I don’t need to see the rest of the world to know that.

        Why the hell do so many people want to live here?

      • gregjennings85 - Jan 3, 2012 at 9:34 PM

        Romans used to claim that, lot of good it did them.

  3. frankvzappa - Jan 3, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    I was indifferent before, but now I will forever be a huge Popovich fan.

    • yournuts - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      dexterismyhero, you are truely ignorant! You do need to see the rest of the world to understand why your ignorant.

  4. dbestpro - Jan 3, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    People, even Pop, miss the boat when it comes to American culture. We are not about one culture. To be American is to be multi-cultural. As such, there is no better way to address culture in the world.

  5. notacelticsfan - Jan 3, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Isn’t worried for Rubio.

    //you hack.

  6. charlutes - Jan 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Popovich is the greatest

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