Kawhi Leonard's mother appears to yell at heckler during Raptors-Spurs game

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

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

For Raptors fans, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green's first game back in San Antonio didn't end up being about happy returns.

He made good on his words, finishing Thursday night with 21 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists and, most importantly, a big 125-107 Spurs victory.

The Kawhi Leonard-San Antonio Spurs spanned from his last game on the court on January 13, 2018, where he suffered a quadriceps injury until he was traded to Toronto on July 18, 2018.

"One of the reasons is you guys will interpret it whatever way you want anyway".

The circumstances surrounding Leonard's final season in San Antonio still are shrouded in mystery.

"Yeah, it's going to be fun", Leonard said.

"You don't get this opportunity to be loved in one place and then come somewhere else, and be loved just as much, accepted so quick", DeRozan said. One thing they've considered is playing a tribute for both Leonard and Green together to soften the reaction.

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"While I'm sure it wasn't easy for Kawhi or anyone, we wish him well with the future of his career". "He had taken a year off, kind of, not being able to play".

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

Asked specifically why he wanted out of San Antonio, Leonard said, "I'm not going to discuss that here today".

Leonard isn't anxious about the reception, saying that a negative reaction "can only make me a better player".

In eight seasons with San Antonio - the bulk of his National Basketball Association career prior to this year - Green established himself as a starter and key contributor for some contending Spurs teams, and his exit wasn't almost as painful.

What happened, happened-Leonard felt it was best to move on from San Antonio after he didn't like how the team handled his decision to sit out. At 27 and just entering his prime, it's reasonable to think his ceiling is even higher than what we've seen.

"I hope they react just as well and the same that they do with any other ex-teammate that comes back", Mills told reporters. However, it sure seemed like he completely quit on the team past year because he wanted out.

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