Gregg Popovich Attempts To Halt Boos Against Kawhi Leonard, Spurs Fans Remain Unyielding

Photo: Instagram/Gregg Popovich

The longstanding relationship between Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard took an unexpected turn during Wednesday's game, showcasing the complexities of their history. 

Despite early career success and championship moments, Leonard's departure from the Spurs left a lingering tension that surfaced once again in a clash between Los Angeles and San Antonio.

As the Clippers held a 48-39 lead in the first half, Leonard faced a barrage of boos from the San Antonio crowd while attempting free throws.

Photo: Instagram/Gregg Popovich

In an unusual move reminiscent of college basketball drama, Popovich grabbed a microphone and implored the fans to cease their booing.

"Excuse me for a second. Can we stop all the booing and let these guys play? It's got no class. It's not who we are," Popovich pleaded. 

However, the plea proved futile as the Spurs faithful intensified their jeers, particularly during Leonard's second free throw.

The incident added a surreal layer to the game, shedding light on the unresolved sentiments between Leonard and his former coach. 

The clash of emotions on the court reflected the intricate history between the two basketball figures, leaving fans and analysts alike intrigued by the unexpected turn of events.

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Source: Sports Illustrated


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