Kawhi Leonard is officially a member of the Toronto Raptors, but everyone is still trying to figure out what exactly went wrong the past few years when he was with the San Antonio Spurs. This week, a report from the San Antonio Express-News shed some light on the situation.
At this point, everyone knows that Leonard was upset with the way the Spurs handled his quadriceps injury. But it may not just have been the team's handling of his injury that led to his departure.
Leonard, despite his humble appearance, may have been offended by the team not giving him the star treatment. According to Jeff McDonald, it may have started when he observed how other stars were being treated at an All-Star game.
McDonald says it might have stemmed back during the 2016 All-Star Game. Here's more:
The first cracks in the low-maintenance veneer came in 2016, when Leonard made his first All-Star game — in Toronto of all places.
Leonard and his traveling companions noticed other All-Stars — notably Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook — were using private luxury cars to get around, instead of the standard transportation provided by the NBA. They wanted the star treatment, too.
Leonard, at this point is a Raptor. Whether he'll stay in Toronto is the next big question. Leonard has reportedly expressed a desire to play in Los Angeles, and at the end of next season, he'll be a free agent.
Will Toronto be able to convince him to stick around past next season? Anything is possible - Oklahoma City just pulled off something similar with Paul George. It'll be an interesting 2018-2019 campaign.