Gregg Popovich Says Kawhi Leonard Has Never Spoken To Him

Josh Martin@@JoshMartinNBANBA Lead WriterJune 12, 2013

San Antonio Spurs likes his humor the same way he likes his wine: dry.

Very, very, very dry.

Especially when he has the media eating out of his hand, as he has so far through the 2013 NBA Finals. When asked about Kawhi Leonard on the day off between Games 3 and 4, Gregg Popovich once again brought his comedic inclinations out, as shared by Daily Thunder's Royce Young:

Presumably, Kawhi's confidence is sky-high. He's averaged 11 points, 12 rebounds and two steals through his first three finals games, including a line of 12-14 with four steals in the Spurs' 113-77 smackdown of the Miami Heat in Game 3.

He's also played an integral part in limiting LeBron James to arguably his worst three-game stretch (16.7 points, .389 from the field, .231 from three, 2.0 free-throw attempts) since Games 3 through 5 of the 2011 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.

According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Leonard doesn't see it that way:

"Honestly, I don't think I'm doing that good of a job on him," Leonard said. "He's still making baskets in a row when he's being aggressive. When I'm in the game, I'm just trying to contest all his shots, not give him anything easy because he's going to make shots."

That's just the sort of guy Leonard is. The second-year swingman is humble and hardworking through and through.

Combine that with his massive hands, tremendous length, strength, quickness and lethal athleticism, and you've got the makings of a superstar worthy of the Spurs' mantle.

Shelburne wrote that Leonard is certainly aware of his potential. "I want to be great one day. I work so hard just to get better."

All he needs to do now is stop being so Kawhi-et...

I'll stop with the puns now.