Kawhi Leonard unfazed by icy reception in return to San Antonio

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The Los Angeles Clippers made their first visit to San Antonio Friday night which also meant the first time ex-Spur Kawhi Leonard returned to where his NBA career began this season.

And in his second visit since his trade to Toronto in the summer of 2018, he received an icy reception from fans at the AT&T Center.

From his introduction to the final buzzer in the Spurs' 107-97 win, fans peppered Leonard with constant booing, jeers and choice words letting him know they feel.

But that didn't faze him.

"I didn’t make nothing of it," said Leonard who finished with 19 points off 8-23 shooting.

Time apparently hasn't healed old wounds for fans.

By now, everyone knows how things ended for the Spurs and Leonard. There's no need to rehash it.

Spurs fans still feel the sting of losing a player like Leonard.

He was the presumed heir apparent after the Tim Duncan era. It was presumed he's take the mantle and lead the Spurs to more titles.

That didn't happen.

Instead, he wanted out of San Antonio leaving fans feeling he abandoned the franchise and the city.

Said Leonard: "It felt like a normal away game."

Normal it wasn't. The game was highly anticipated by fans and they made sure their voice was heard when Leonard had the ball in his hands, missed a shot or had his shot blocked in the Spurs' win.

Despite the cold reception, the former Spurs forward did tip his hat to his former club.

"They (Spurs) were getting into the ball a little bit. Just playing harder than us tonight, I feel like," Leonard said. "They deserved to win."

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