“Needless to say,” he said, “it’s turned out to be that.”
Budenholzer, now the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, returned to San Antonio on Monday night to face his old team.
“And the rest of us filled in and did the best we could,” the Spurs’ David Lee said.
“I don’t want to compliment David Lee too much,” Popovich said.
“We want to get to the finals and win,” said Leonard, a man who is spare with his words.
So the Spurs engineered a draft-night trade, sending George Hill — a steady, productive guard whom the Spurs had drafted
and developed and whom Coach Gregg Popovich loved — to the Indiana Pacers for Leonard, whom the Pacers had selected with the 15th overall pick.
Spurs Are Kawhi Leonard’s Team Now, and the Excellence Continues –
SAN ANTONIO — Mike Budenholzer was there at the beginning.