Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Kawhi Leonard wishes for different end to Spurs tenure

Kawhi Leonard wishes for different end to Spurs tenure

The Kawhi Leonard-San Antonio Spurs spanned from his last game on the court on January 13, 2018, where he suffered a quadriceps injury until he was traded to Toronto on July 18, 2018. Following the matchup in which Leonard struggled and the Spurs were able to come away with a convincing 125-107 victory, Popovich wasn't happy about the reception his former star player received.

Kawhi Leonard returned to San Antonio on Thursday, Jan. 3 as a member of the Toronto Raptors to a crowd full of booing fans.

From as early as pregame warmups, the AT&T Center crowd showered Leonard with boos while one-time Spur Danny Green was met with cheers.

Prior to halftime, DeRozan did a ton of damage, scoring 19 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out five assists. People have treated him well, the community and fans. "You're in a zone of just trying to focus on what you're going to do".

"He was in high gear tonight", Toronto coach Nick Nurse said.

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San Antonio Spurs have a 21-17 record (22-15-1 against the spread) so far this season and are now tied with the Lakers in the 7 place of the West.

On an emotional night, the fans had their say even if Leonard may never publicly utter a word about the ordeal or take some blame for his exit.

"I got great shooters around me", DeRozan told the National Basketball Association on TNT during his postgame interview. But the final chapter of his nine-year career as a Raptor certainly didn't play out as he would have scripted. Asked if he ever regrets how things went down in San Antonio, the 27-year-old said, at times, but he's moved on. The defence is finally finding some consistency, and when you add it all up, you get six wins in the past eight games and a team that is just now coming into its own.

Green has not only proved to be far more valuable to the Raptors than simply the "other guy" in last summer's trade, he's also become the go-guy guy on all comments related to Leonard. I'm waiting to see just like everybody else. "To be able to welcome them back is going to be good, and obviously catch up with them".

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