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SportSpurs coach Gregg Popovich leaves abruptly after LeBron James question

20:50  06 december  2018
20:50  06 december  2018 Source:

Kawhi Leonard wasn't a leader for Spurs, coach Gregg Popovich says

Kawhi Leonard wasn't a leader for Spurs, coach Gregg Popovich says Leonard was traded to the Raptors in July amid drama with San Antonio as he was dealing with a lingering quad injury. Months removed, Popovich explained the decision to move on from Leonard, noting he wasn't a leader. "Kawhi was a great player, but he wasn't a leader or anything," Popovich told reporters Saturday, via USA Today. "Manu and Patty were the leaders. Kawhi's talent will always be missed, but that leadership wasn't his deal at that time. That may come as he progresses, but Manu and Patty filled that role last year, and LaMarcus [Aldridge] came a long way in that regard also.

Gregg Charles Popovich (born January 28, 1949) is an American professional basketball coach . He is the head coach and President of the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Gregg Popovich has coach San Antonio since 1996, leading the Spurs to five NBA titles. San Antonio trails two games to none in their best-of-seven-games LeBron James was asked about Popovich on live television immediately after Cleveland’s 100-97 win over Indiana on Wednesday. “That’s such a

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Coach Gregg Popovich was brief in answering questions after the Spurs fell to the Lakers 121-113 on Wednesday.

He answered only two questions after the loss and left the media scrum abruptly following a question about what made it so difficult for San Antonio to guard the Lakers and LeBron James (who led Los Angeles with 42 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists).

Popovich was direct as he said, "Have you watched LeBron play before? He's LeBron James. That's what makes him difficult to guard."

Reporters were silent after his short answer and then Popovich asked, "Anybody else?" before abruptly walking off.

Popovich did give a full answer to the first question asked about what the key factor was in the fourth quarter.

"They made a lot of shots down the stretch," Popovich said. "Give them credit. LeBron [James] was the generator and he made some great 3s. Zo [Lonzo Ball] went to the bucket and hit a lot of open people on the drive. He did a little bit of everything and got it done. It was a good game."

The Lakers moved to 15-9 and are sitting fifth in the Western Conference, while the Spurs fell to 11-14 and are 14th out of 15 teams in the West, ahead of only the 4-20 Suns.

Gregg Popovich moves into fourth on all-time NBA coaching wins list.
With Tuesday's 111-86 win over the Suns, Popovich reached 1,211 victories in his 23-year coaching stint with the Spurs. He trails only Jerry Sloan (1,221 wins), Lenny Wilkens (1,332) and Don Nelson (1,335). With tonight's victory, Coach Popovich moves into fourth place for all-time wins in NBA history.#GoSpursGo— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 12, 2018 Congrats to @spurs Coach Gregg Popovich for moving up to 4th on the ALL-TIME WINS list! #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.

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