( CNN) Gregg Popovich has never shied away from speaking his mind.

“I think it’s quite obvious. Our tournament is made up of a great deal of pitch-black chaps, ” Popovich told reporters Monday before the Spurs took on the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. “To honor that and understand it is pretty simplistic. How would you ignore that? More importantly, we live in a racist country that hasn’t figured it out yet.

“It’s always important to make attention to it, even if it feelings some people. The place is, you have to keep it in front of everybody’s nose and understand that it still hasn’t been taken care of and we still have a lot of work to do.”