Raptors expecting hostile reception for Leonard in San Antonio

Raptors expecting hostile reception for Leonard in San Antonio

DeRozan ended the half with a bit of recent history in his pocket, as he became the first Spur to have 15-plus points, 10-plus rebounds and 5-plus assists in a half since Tim Duncan did so in 2007.

Toronto (28-11) has spent most of the season atop the Eastern Conference but is now second behind Milwaukee (26-10) based on winning percentage. We'll see what the fans show.

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.

"You move on in life", he said.

'I felt badly about it, ' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "I couldn't answer your questions about it right now".

Kawhi Leonard is persona-non-grata in San Antonio these days after forcing his way out via trade this past summer.

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On an emotional night, the fans had their say even if Leonard may never publicly utter a word about the ordeal or take some blame for his exit.

Popovich told reporters in late November he thought Leonard was a "great player, but he wasn't a leader or anything" during his seven seasons in San Antonio. And he made a bold statement by notching his first career triple-double in his first meeting against the Raptors, with whom he spent his first nine National Basketball Association seasons. "Then, I've got nine", DeRozan said.

"Obviously, I had an inside scoop on the type of player he is and what kind of person he is".

Leonard was not about to elaborate on his departure from San Antonio - "I'm not going to discuss that here today", he said quickly and emphatically - but he knew there would be, at best, mixed reaction from fans upon his return.

The other player the Raptors acquired in the blockbuster trade predicted as much on Thursday. Wednesday's media session at BioSteel Centre was no exception. I'm waiting to see just like everybody else. I don't think it's just because of location or the team. However, it sure seemed like he completely quit on the team previous year because he wanted out. "To be able to welcome them back is going to be good, and obviously catch up with them".

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