- via TNT/NBA
- Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green made their first visits back to the San Antonio Spurs as members of the Toronto Raptors on Thursday.
- While Green received a big ovation, just seconds later, Spurs fans mercilessly booed Leonard, a result of his trade request last season.
San Antonio Spurs fans gave very different receptions on Thursday to Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green in both players’ first visits back in San Antonio.
Green and Leonard were traded to the Toronto Raptors over the summer in exchange for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl. Both players ere members of the Spurs for several years, making back-to-back Finals, including winning the 2014 championship.
However, Leonard, because of his fallout with the Spurs and subsequent trade demand, was not greeted warmly by Spurs fans, as expected.
During introductions on Thursday, fans were chanting for Green and gave him a huge ovation when his name was announced. Just seconds later, those cheers turned to jeers when Leonard was introduced.
Leonard, despite two All-Star appearances and a Finals MVP with the Spurs, fell out of standing last season over a bizarre injury saga, playing just nine games. He eventually requested a trade, and the Spurs obliged, sending him to the Raptors.
It doesn’t appear Spurs fans are ready to forgive Leonard just yet.