From Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich:

He’s a grown up. He’s a professional who really takes pride in what he does every day, (every) practice.

He came in and tried to learn the system quickly and asked a lot of questions. Even though he’s been in the league awhile, he was like new born in a sense. 

That professionalism engenders leadership and it engenders respect from other players. That was established very quickly. That’s one of the first things I noticed about him.


“Once you have a whole group on the same page, each individual tends to play better.”

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich:  “He doesn’t have a chip on his shoulder or trying to make a statement, he’s just playing. He’s getting better all the time, and getting more confident. We’re getting him more and more room, and you’re seeing a young player blossom.”

More from Pop: “He stole it from Curry the other night, just took it from him and went down and dunked it, and his expression did not change. He didn’t raise his fist or look cool to the crowd or do any of this stupid-ass stuff. He didn’t do a thing. He just goes the other direction, like he’s bored to death. I love that about him.”

Tim Duncan on his teammate: “He’s not doing it the wrong way. He’s taking great shots and continuing to be unselfish, but he’s absolutely being aggressive. That’s what we need from him.”


On the Western Conference finals:

It’s the conference finals and players step up and play well and that’s basically what it’s about. Everybody’s going to have energy and passion and those sort of things. But execution over those 48 minutes is what it’s all about, to make sure you don’t have too many dry possessions offensively, to make sure defensively everyone is on track and communicating.”