Thursday night was the first time that the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors have faced each other since the massive trade between the two teams sent DeMar DeRozan to Texas and Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to Canada.
It was always going to be an emotional night at the AT&T Center once we found this game on the calendar. And yet, the real question is how Spurs fans would receive Leonard some months later.
As you know by now, last season did not go well for Leonard in San Antonio. The nature of how things fell apart between Leonard and the organization has become clearer over time, but the gist of it is that it got pretty wonky between the best franchise in the NBA and the former Finals MVP.
So, how did Spurs fans react when Green and Leonard were introduced? I bet you can guess.
Yes, that’s the AT&T Center chanting Danny Green’s name before he was announced, then promptly booing Leonard once the PA resonated with his own.
We also expected the team to do a tribute video for the pair, but even there it seemed that Green was billed first. Check out the wording of the Spurs’ tweet.
At this point it’s going to take some time for things to cool off between the two sides. But stranger things have happened, and perhaps Spurs fans will love Leonard once again. Hell, the Portland Trail Blazers retired Bill Walton’s jersey in 1989 and things did not end on happy terms there, either.
Leonard is an all-time Spurs great, but for now they probably have reason to boo.