Is a divorce coming up for Kawhi and the Spurs?
Hopefully not! However yesterday the internet, and the basketball world was buzzing over the story which was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Michael C. Wright, that the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard along with his camp may be headed into different directions going forward.
Understandably it’s got to be frustrating for both sides. Kawhi suffered a quadriceps injury, and opened the season by missing the first 27 games. After finally making a long-awaited return, Kawhi now finds himself out indefinitely after nine games. Leonard and his camp are described as having a “distant and disconnected” status with the San Antonio Spurs. Immediately those reports were shot down by Spurs general manager R.C. Buford stating that “There is no issue between the Spurs organization and Kawhi.” Buford also told ESPN that both parties have continuously worked together to find the best solution to Kawhi’s injury, so that he could come back when Kawhi is ready.
Being in the heart of the Alamo City the news is quite honestly heartbreaking if any of this is true. No matter what win or lose, the Spurs are the only big league sport of the city, so the fans are very close and respectful of the Spurs, and a concern like this definitely caused panic throughout the entire city. Dennis Robertson- Kawhi’s uncle came out the same day and slammed the report saying that nothing was true to the story, and that the Spurs are how they’ve always been doing the right thing for the team, and the right thing for Kawhi.
If anybody can fix this unhappiness it’s coach Pop himself. Don’t believe me? Well just look at LaMarcus Aldridge. Last season Aldridge did not shy away stating numerous times that he wasn’t a fit for the Spurs, and expressed his displeasure with the team. Over the offseason coach Pop spent some time with the All-Star, and all of that drama simply went away and Aldridge hasn’t caused any tension since. Plus the Spurs have a history of always treating their star players right such as the trio of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili.
Poppovich did express concern when comparing both Kawhi’s and Parker’s injuries which were similar, and even said that Parker’s was worse, and he still got back to the court faster than Kawhi, which is an eyebrow raiser for the whole situation. Leonard is also going to be due for a contract renewal coming up, so if these reports are true, and all of a sudden trying to held down till further notice, Kawhi can ask for a max contract when that time comes leaving the franchise with yet another decisive decision to make.