Kawhi Leonard wishes for different end to Spurs tenure

Sherman Parsons
January 5, 2019

However, while Spurs fans let Leonard hear it with boos in his first return to San Antonio, his relationship with head coach Gregg Popovich seems to be far from a negative one.

The Raptors ended up losing the game to the Spurs 125-107.

Leonard would go on to score only 21 points in 33 minutes though he earned those points efficiently on 8-13 shooting from the field. The Leonard battle wasn't just exclusive to the floor action after a Spurs fan caught Kawhi's mom in the stands yelling at one particular Spurs fan to "shut up" during the game.

DeMar DeRozan took his game to new heights in his first contest against a Raptors organization he spent his first nine National Basketball Association seasons with.

Asked whether he expected a negative reaction when Leonard is introduced, Mill expressed optimism. "Doesn't matter what we say, you're going to say whatever you want, so that's a waste of our time". "I hope for one [reaction], predict and guess another".

"I felt badly about it. Kawhi is a high-character guy". "He had taken a year off, kind of, not being able to play".

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The same thing happened during introductions, as Spurs fans gave Green a standing ovation and then ramped up the boos for Leonard.

Instead, Leonard returns to San Antonio's AT&T Center on Thursday as a member of the Toronto Raptors for the first time since forcing his way out of a city he called home for seven seasons. "I'm expecting this to be a playoff-type atmosphere in here, on the road, really loud, not very nice - the things that you will see in the playoffs". By contrast, Danny Green was cheered as if he were never dealt to Toronto along with Leonard.

"Haircut. I'm going to get my hair cut, get some food, might see some friends and family, might be doing a podcast later, we'll see", he said. "They knock it down, they make me look good, so all the credit goes to them for sure".

"I think he has something to prove all year, not just there", Green said.

"I hope they react just as well and the same that they do with any other ex-teammate that comes back", Mills told reporters.

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