Ahead of the game, Popovich said he hoped Spurs fans would be able to treat Leonard, who earned the Finals MVP in 2014, with respect and kindness. That didn't exactly happen, as the AT&T Center erupted in loud boos and chants of "traitor" and "Uncle Dennis" whenever Leonard had the ball.
While speaking to reporters, Popovich said he "felt badly" about how fans booed Leonard.
Kawhi Leonard normally vs. Kawhi Leonard when Spurs fans viciously boo him pic.twitter.com/uHBB3NR2S2— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) January 4, 2019
Kawhi Leonard postgame after #Raptors loss to #Spurs...said fan reception was mostly expected because media stirred controversy, added he didn't see tribute video, but might in the future...Leonard finishes with 21 points in first return to San Antonio #KSATsports #KSATnews #NBA pic.twitter.com/kqLGwHQsDh— RJ Marquez (@KSATRJ) January 4, 2019
Kawhi Leonard had a long conversation with Gregg Popovich postgame pic.twitter.com/jWTzywEEw8— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) January 4, 2019
Nothing but respect between Kawhi and Pop 🤝 pic.twitter.com/0p1EW2DScx— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 4, 2019
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