Trump victory has NBA talking
Americans are all talking about the stunning rise of Donald J. Trump to the White House. It is certainly big talk in NBA locker rooms where most players were Hillary Clinton supporters. The message is to remain calm and supportive.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony said everyday citizens must get more involved with the process. He also said there is fear among children he knows who followed the election.
“I’m a big believer in worrying about things you can control,” Anthony said after a recent Knicks game. “And I think in this situation, we as people have to worry about the things that we can control. We can’t control what is going to happen, but that doesn’t mean that we have to stop, just because somebody’s in a position now that we might not agree with, might not like, we might not want in that position. The work has to start now. It’s gonna be even harder. But we can’t stop working.”
Anthony said he had a difficult talk with his children.
“You can just hear the nervousness,” he said. “They don’t know what to think. They don’t know what to do at this point. It’s up to us as individuals to take on this responsibility. We can’t rely on a system or one person, and we gotta move on from it.”
Former players Charles Barkley and Doc Rivers said Americans must give Trump a chance. He's already stated he wants to be a president for all people despite some of his comments about women, Hispanics, and blacks.
Rivers, now the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, has golfed with Trump and believes some of the rhetoric was hype.
“The election didn’t go the way I wanted it to go,” Rivers said. “I personally know Donald Trump. I don’t think there’s anyone who runs for president that wants to do bad. I really don’t. He won. Let’s give him a chance and see what he can do. That’s the only way anyway, now. Let’s go with that.”
Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy was harsher.
“I don’t think anybody can deny this guy is openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic and ethnic-centric,” Van Gundy said. “It’s embarrassing. I have been ashamed of a lot of things that have happened in this country, but I can’t say I’ve ever been ashamed of our country until today.”