Kawhi Leonard's mom gets heated with Spurs fan during son's return

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Basketball: What kind of reception can Kawhi Leonard expect in his first return to San Antonio?

He made 64 appearances for the team, averaging 2.3 points, 1.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists, and 0.4 steals in just 9.0 minutes of action off the bench.

The Spurs gave reason for the fans to constantly cheer, leading by as many as 28 points against a Raptors team that has been atop the Eastern Conference for much of the season. It doesn't happen as much in the National Basketball Association because it's such an infrequent occurrence.

Every time he touched the rock, went to the basket, or did basically anything during warmups, the crowd jeered their former All-Star like he stole all their mothers' lunch money. Ask Alexa! Say "Alexa, enable Spreaker" and to start listening simply say "WagerTalk" when asked what you want to listen to!

The problem is, DeRozan is now with San Antonio.

"I felt badly about it", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. While I'm sure it wasn't easy for Kawhi or anyone, we wish him well with the future of his career.

Instead, Leonard returns to San Antonio's AT&T Center on Thursday as a member of the Toronto Raptors for the first time since forcing his way out of a city he called home for seven seasons.

"I told him it was about time", Popovich said.

Over the summer, DeRozan said that his first meeting with the Raptors would be a game he had circled on his calendar. "I always expressed that", DeRozan said. "One of my all-time favourite point guards I ever played with, toughest competitor I ever played with, so I wish. he was able to be out there".

"Haircut. I'm going to get my hair cut, get some food, might see some friends and family, might be doing a podcast later, we'll see", he said.

The other player the Raptors acquired in the blockbuster trade predicted as much on Thursday.

Does his longtime teammate have something to prove in his return to San Antonio? At 27 and just entering his prime, it's reasonable to think his ceiling is even higher than what we've seen. However, it sure seemed like he completely quit on the team a year ago because he wanted out. "But I embraced it and enjoyed the moment, and it's only going to make me better".

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