Source: San Antonio Express-News
Unlike the amazing display of ball-handling by Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving, there was no video on YouTube leaked out of USA Basketball select team scrimmages against the United States Olympic squad showcasing Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.
Irving's full-speed spin move and crossover dribble of Kobe Bryant went viral, with hoops junkies worldwide viewing, over and over, mouths agape.
But a smaller, more important audience saw what Leonard could do against the star-laden Olympic team.
"You see Kawhi, but you don't hear him," Team USA assistant coach Nate McMillan and former Trail Blazers coach said after a practice session at the Mendenhall Center on the UNLV campus this week. "He'll make the right play and he just moves on to the next play. Then, a few minutes later, he does it again.
"He's opened a lot of eyes here this week."
McMillan and the rest of the U.S. coaching staff discovered what the Spurs have known since the NBA lockout ended last December: Leonard is the Sphinx of the Spurs, a budding star willing to let his game talk without flashing even a hint of bravado.
Leonard's approach to challenging Bryant, LeBron James and their London-bound friends has been typical of the NBA's quiet man.
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