Gregg Popovich didn’t directly say it, but it’s hard not to imagine who he was referring to with these comments.
Here is the full quote, via SB Nation:
“He’s never going to be a towel waver,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He speaks to me about things that he sees now. He comes into timeouts, if he’s not happy with what’s going on on the court. That’s all good.
“I’d rather have him do that than beat his chest and wiggle his shoulders and stare at the camera and all that other crap,” Pop continued. “That doesn’t seem to make much sense. I’d rather have it the other way and work on him to be a leader in the timeouts, in the locker room, on the plane. That kind of stuff.”
It’s not hard to figure out Curry is a player that beats his chest and wiggles his shoulders more than anyone else in the league. It’s practically his signature celebration.
Pop may not have meant anything by it and subconsciously described Steph’s usual celebration. There’s also nothing wrong with Pop appreciating Leonard’s calmer demeanor.
But it’s not too much of a leap to think Pop may have had Steph in mind with these comments.