Gregg Popovich’s press conference after Game 1 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs got some great coverage, but after Game 2  he was still making headlines, mostly with subtle jabs. 

After the San Antonio Spurs lost to the Golden State Warriors 116-101 Monday night, he lauded his team’s effort. He called out LaMarcus Aldridge for his effort. 

“He doesn’t complain about a darn thing. … He plays through everything. I can’t imagine being more proud of a player as far as playing through adversity and being there for his teammates night after night after night.”  

Reading between the lines, that was clearly a direct shot at Kawhi. He has every right to send messages to the Spurs injured star. Pop is the old school coach the NBA needs. Not many living legends left.