San Antonio Spurs Rumors
Sam Smith: Popovich on Jimmy Butler: “He’s been on the same trajectory as Kawhi Leonard; they get better every year and play both ends of the court. You can look at teams and start counting how many players play at both ends at a high level. There are not that many.”
At age 39, even Danny Green was impressed with Duncan’s rebound total, labeling him a superhero. Asked which one, Green responded: “If [Duncan] were to answer, he would probably say like ‘The Punisher’ or something. I’d probably say ‘Wolverine.’ He heals pretty fast. He doesn’t age.”
Don’t think for a second that Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon doesn’t play an important role. During a second-quarter timeout, Hammon ran the show for the Spurs, talking to players and drawing up a play. Head coach Popovich just stood behind the first female assistant coach and let her work. It was Hammon who coached the Spurs to the title in the Las Vegas Summer League in June.