Gregg Popovich 'Felt Badly' Spurs Fans Booed Kawhi Leonard

Ross Houston
January 9, 2019

Kawhi Leonard made his highly anticipated return to San Antonio as a member of the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night, and Spurs fans made sure to shower him with boos during pregame introductions.

Despite the toxic atmosphere at the AT&T Center, Leonard and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich were able to share a nice moment at the end of the game.

Kawhi Leonard hears boos throughout the game as he would finish with 21 points.

Leonard had to take a step back at the free throw line and compose himself amid chants of 'Traitor!

Kevin Durant's long 3-pointer missed as the buzzer sounded in what will go down as one of the best games this regular season - a rematch of the seven-game Western Conference finals won by two-time defending champion Golden State.

"[The] media does a great job to stir people's minds and influence them to think a certain way", Leonard added. DeRozan tallied his first career triple-double for San Antonio on Thursday. 'Kawhi's a high-character guy. We all make decisions in our lives with what we're going to do with our futures, and he has that same right as any of us.

Considering how the Warriors were able to take the lead before the final possession, Harden's game-winner was poetic justice. "He's doing everything for us", Gay said.

In a video that circulated throughout social media after the Spurs' 125-107 win over Leonard's Raptors, his mother Kim Robertson can be seen arguing with a fan who was seated in an entirely different section. Green finished with no points on 0-for-7 shooting. As a result, the Raptors fell to 28-12 this season and 5-5 in their last ten.

Spurs: DeRozan is the first Spurs player to have at least 15 points 10 rebounds and five assists in a half since Tim Duncan in 2007.

That DeRozan was as dominant as he was in his first game against his former team was, quite obviously, the A-1 story.

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