“After the game we talked about Kawhi a little bit. [Popovich] wanted me to stay in his ear a little bit and talk to him a little bit. I definitely, definitely, definitely will. I think he has a tremendous amount of potential and he’s only going to get better. So if I can help him out in that regard, I most certainly will.”
Everyone thinks of Kawhi as a quiet, nonaggressive player. To become one of the best you can’t have that mentality. So why would Pop ask Kobe of all players? He’s the least aggressive player to come into The Association. He’s basically the Tim Duncan of shooting guards, how does that help make a Killer Kawhi?
For real though, Pop is just always 12 steps ahead of other coaches. What do you do when your 24 year old Defensive POY, All Star and Finals MVP is considered passive? Ask the best player of a generation, who also happens to be leading the league in every category related to aggressiveness, to mentor him. Ask him before he retires before every else gets the idea.Genius. Brad Stevens should go ask Pop to mentor him after Pop retires.