It doesn’t seem like the Kawhi Leonard situation is going to end well, with both sides at odds and the tension at an all-time high.
During previous press conferences and media questions, it seems like coach Gregg Popovich has been talking to Leonard in his subliminal answers of what’s going on with the team. Most recently, he was asked if Kawhi would return to the team during the playoffs and he answered with “You’d have to ask him and his team,” clearly showing a discontent and discord between the two sides.
After last night’s loss against the Golden State Warriors, Coach Pop was asked about LaMarcus Aldridge‘s play and his answer was very interesting:
“LaMarcus [Aldridge] has been a monster all year long. He’s led our team at both ends of the floor. He doesn’t complain about a darn thing out on the court. He just plays through everything. I can’t imagine being more proud of a player as far as playing through adversity and being there for his teammates night after night after night. He’s been fantastic.”
If that doesn’t sound like a pointed shot at Leonard, we don’t know what is.
It’s clear that the San Antonio Spurs don’t have the firepower on the court to beat the Warriors in a seven game series and they need Kawhi pretty bad, but with these shots continued to be fired, it seems like we’ve seen the last of him in a Spurs uniform. Unless a miracle happens after the season and both sides sit down and work things out, the writing is on the wall for Leonard.
Maybe the Spurs can win a game or two at home, but this series is all but done.