Nick Nurse commended the leadership of Kawhi Leonard following critical comments by Gregg Popovich.

“He just did a few little things in training camp, as far as getting some guys to go to the gym with him early. He opened up one of his shooting times pre-game to let (in) another guy that didn’t feel he was getting enough time ... Just some little, I think, neat things that say a lot about a guy,” Nurse said. “He does it quietly, but they’re leadership things to me.”

Leonard said he had heard about Popovich’s comments, but hadn’t read them.

“It’s just funny to me because I don’t know if he’s talking about last year or not, but I guess when when you stop playing they forget how you lead,” he said. “Other than that, it doesn’t matter. I’m here with the Raptors and I’m going to focus on this season and not what’s going on on the other side.”