Gregg Popovich always has been a big fan of Jason Kidd. He tried to get him to sign with the Spurs in 2003, a short time after San Antonio beat Kidd’s Nets in the Finals.
So when Popovich was asked if he admired the former Knicks' point guard for leaving $6.2 million on the table when he retired, he cracked a joke about Kidd.
“He’s made enough,” Popovich said. “He told me no a few years back; I hate Jason.”
Then Popovich turned serious about Kidd.
“He’s a stud; always will be in my mind,” Popovich said before Game 1 of the Finals. “He’s always going to do something that’s classy and an example for everybody else. I just wish him well.”