Popovich on his hesitation after the Spurs sent George Hill to Indiana for Leonard on draft night: “We were all looking at each other like, Are we really going to do this? We were scared s‑‑‑less. We don’t know this kid. He’s not a shooter. He’s not a scorer. He’s not a perimeter player. He’s a big guy who can rebound.”
On first meeting Leonard: "He was as serious as a heart attack."
Kawhi Leonard on his reserved nature: “I don’t like to bring attention to myself. I don’t like to make a scene.”
On his defensive preparation: “I look at film, but more than watching individual players, I’m trying to watch a team’s whole offensive scheme. I’m trying to know their tendencies so I can . . . guess. That’s what it comes down to, really, making the best guess. I’m trying to change up their scheme.”
Spurs GM R.C. Buford on Kawhi’s impact on the organization: “He changed the course of our organization… He gave us a second wind. He was the breeze in our sails.”
San Antonio forward David West defines Leonard: “Kawhi Leonard.. is Tim Duncan 2.0.”
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