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The way that Gregg Popovich told Danny Green about his All-Defensive Team selection is the kicker

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How Coach Pop treated Green’s achievement is quite fun.

NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Regardless of the trade rumors that started swirling around Danny Green just before the NBA draft, the San Antonio Spurs’ guard received a pretty enviable accolade for his work last season. He was named to the All-Defensive Team for the first time in his career, which is a well-earned recognition of Green's defensive contributions to the team.

Such an occurrence is worthy of a phone call from your boss, which Gregg Popovich did, of course. But it’s the way Pop told Danny that put it over the top.

“I don’t know what I’ve been watching,” Pop said, “because I’m always on your [tail] about playing defense... but somebody thinks you’re a good defender.”

Of course, Pop didn’t end the conversation without telling Green he was proud of him. And we are too. Great job, Danny.

h/t Bruno Manrique of Clutch Points