San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich coaches two of the best players in the NBA in Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, but he also has been impressed by two Clippers.

Popovich had nothing but high praise for Clippers All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

Popovich called Paul one of the toughest players in the NBA.

"He's a mean, nasty man," Popovich said, affectionately. "And he's a pain in the [butt]. I don't know if there is anybody more competitive in the league than that little dude. He's one of those guys that they must have stole his toys and everything when he was a kid. He's getting back at the world, because he's mad at everybody once he steps on the court."

Popovich also called Griffin one of the better young players in the league.

"He's got an edge to him," Popovich said. "He's physical. He's competitive. He works on weaker parts of his game, just like all good players do. He improves year to year. So, he's special. That's why he's an All-Star. He's just going to get better. He hasn't even tapped what he's going to be two years from now, three years from now. He's just going to get better and better."