Kawhi Leonard made his return to San Antonio tonight as a member of the Toronto Raptors. Thus far, it has gone about as you could have expected.
Spurs fans haven’t forgotten that Leonard missed almost all of last year with a mysterious injury and then asked to be traded. They’ve been letting him have it all night.
Leonard was booed in warmups.
Every time Kawhi touches the ball during warmups pic.twitter.com/ptwCcQwMEW
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) January 4, 2019
He was booed during pregame intros, right after the home crowd cheered for another former spur, Danny Green.
The cheers for Danny Green's return to San Antonio QUICKLY turned to boos for Kawhi Leonard ? pic.twitter.com/Oj7C9AhlTD
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 4, 2019
Then, Leonard was booed lustily whenever he touched the ball in the first quarter, including when he scored his first basket of the game.
Kawhi gets booed on 1st bucket and Danny Green couldn't hold back a smile pic.twitter.com/LY7WwqWNLK
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 4, 2019
Leonard is clearly persona non grata at his old stomping grounds. What a difference a year makes.
You can watch Spurs-Raptors on TNT.