Popovich decides it’s safer in Florida


    SAN Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich pondered sitting out the NBA restart before eventually deciding the NBA’s “bubble” might be the best place to be during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The 71-year-old sees the number of new cases rocketing upward in the state of Texas and feels the protected atmosphere near Orlando, Fla., is more comforting.

    “I’m safer here than I would be in Texas for sure as you see what’s going on there,” Popovich said Saturday during a Zoom teleconference call.

    The Lone Star State reported a single-day record 10,351 cases on Saturday as well as 99 deaths. And individuals 65 and older are at greater risk to contracting the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

    So, Popovich isn’t second-guessing a decision that puts him in a controlled environment with constant testing.