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Gregg Popovich aware of health concerns inside bubble: ‘I don’t want to die’

At 71 years of age, Gregg Popovich is the oldest head coach in the NBA, and he’s well aware of the health concerns that the coronavirus has presented.

And now, Pop was face arguably his greatest challenge health-wise, entering the NBA’s Orlando bubble, where the virus could possibly become rampant, if, for some reason, it’s able to infiltrate the league’s Iron Dome-like campus.

Popovich, given his age, falls into the “at-risk” category, in terms of those that are most likely to be affected by the coronavirus. There are a few other head coaches aged 60 or older that fall into that category as well.

But he knows all about what he’s getting into, which he told reporters this week.

“I don’t want to die,” Pop said. “I wear my mask all the time, I took it off to talk to you guys. It behooves each of us who might be a little bit older to take it very seriously. I wear my mask to practice. I only take it off when I’ve got something to say, because I am concerned.  You’re exactly right.”

Powerful words from Pop.