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David Robinson says he 'loves' Kawhi Leonard as a player, still roots for him

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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) tries to get past San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

San Antonio Spurs great David Robinson was a guest on Fox Sports Radio's "Outkick the Coverage" and weighed in on former Spur Kawhi Leonard.

Leonard, who is tearing up the East playoffs right now with the Raptors, recently hit an amazing game-winning shot which has Spurs fans feeling a bit upset considering how things ended in San Antonio with a trade.

From Leonard's load management to his play, Robinson is fine calling the former Spur a great player but still showed his Spurs allegiance.

"It really wasn't a thought back then. Nobody did that," Robinson said about "load management" in his playing days. "Pop (Gregg Popovich) was one of the first guys to do that. He's smart."

"It's become a little bit of a different era in a lot of ways," Robinson said. "It's just different. From a toughness and a competitiveness standpoint, I think it's hard for the guys today to really be in the same categories like the guys back in our day."

As for the former Spur Leonard, Robinson did admit he is a fan of his game.

"I love Kawhi (Leonard) as a player," Robinson said. "When he was here in San Antonio, I've always said he's the best 2-way player in the league. Obviously the way he left, nobody was happy with (it) here. It was kind of an odd situation. It felt like the perfect succession plan following Tim (Duncan). He's obviously one of the best players in the league. I don't think it felt good for anybody."

Said Robinson: "It wasn't what everybody envisioned. I think that was disappointing. I watch him now, and I root for him as much as (when) he was in San Antonio. He's incredible."

Robinson did say he wants the Spurs to win titles first and foremost.

What say you Spurs fans? Do you still cheer for Leonard despite the way he left? Do you agree with Robinson?

Let me know at @JeffGSpursZone.

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