In a surprising move, the Hall of Fame coach of the San Antonio Spurs, Gregg Popovich, took the speaker’s microphone to defend Kawhi Leonard during the second quarter of tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Frost Bank Center.
With former Spurs star Kawhi Leonard at the free throw line and fans booing as they always have since Leonard left the franchise in 2019, Popovich said: “I’m sorry, can we stop booing and let these guys play? It’s not what we do. That’s not what we are.”.
– Bally Sports San Antonio (@BallySportsSA) November 23, 2023
Immediately after Popovich’s words about Kawhi Leonad, many fans started booing louder. And they continued to do so throughout the first half as well.
Leonard was traded by San Antonio in July 2018 after requesting a transfer following an upset-filled season. Uncomfortable with the team doctor’s diagnosis of a leg injury, he began rehabilitation away from the team and became estranged from the players. Spurs legends Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, both still on the team in the 2017-18 season, began to wonder publicly about Leonard’s absence.