Gregg Popovich praised Sandro Mamukelashvili: “I was thrilled for him”

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Cesare Milanti

11/Mar/23 10:21

The legendary head coach spoke about the 23-year-old Georgian talent after the win against Denver

By Eurohoops team/

After joining San Antonio at the beginning of March, Sandro Mamukelashvili played his best game with the Texan franchise against the Denver Nuggets, helping the Spurs beat the first team in the West.

The 23-year-old power forward, who performed at a high level at EuroBasket 2022 with Georgia, had a solid performance of 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists in just 12 minutes on the court, shooting 4/5 from the field.

After the 128-120 victory, Gregg Popovich had nothing but good words for him. “He is a talented kid. We like his game. He has got really good athleticism. He is a player who knows how to play the game. He plays the European style, and that’s movement. He’s smart, so I was thrilled for him. He did a good job for us”, the legendary head coach stated.

The Georgian talent had to go against Nikola Jokic, who put up a triple-double of 37 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists in his team’s defeat. Following the win, the former Milwaukee Bucks player spoke about the Joker. “One of the best European players to ever play, you can put him in that category already. Two MVPs, maybe a third one. And I’ve heard he’s just a great guy”, Sandro Mamukelashvili said.

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