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#pounditWednesday, June 23, 2021

Report: NBA people think Gregg Popovich is trying to recruit LeBron to Spurs

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Many in the basketball community believe that Gregg Popovich’s recent praise of LeBron James may not have been entirely altruistic in its purposes.

Former ESPN personality Ryen Russillo reported on Monday that there are “a lot of NBA people” who think that the San Antonio Spurs head coach’s kind words for James were a part of recruiting him to the team this summer.

Indeed, Popovich heaped the praise on the four-time MVP before the Spurs played the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. James also had a very positive reaction, calling the three-time Coach of the Year one of his “favorite people.”

James can, of course, become a free agent after the season, and we know that the Spurs fit the profile of what he would want out of a new team. As such, it makes perfect sense that Popovich, one of the shrewdest minds in the game, would shoot his shot here.

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