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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Gregg Popovich Wants Spurs Fans to Treat Kawhi Leonard with Respect During Tonight's Game

Posted By on Thu, Jan 3, 2019 at 11:33 AM

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With San Antonio's Enemy No. 1 returning to the AT&T Center tonight, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is asking fans to be on their best behavior.

The highly-anticipated matchup against the Toronto Raptors will bring Kawhi Leonard back to the AT&T Center after he sat out most of the 2017-2018 with the Spurs. While dedicated fans have a colorful list of names for Leonard, Popovich wants fans to treat the former Spur with respect.

"I don't speak for other people, but I hope that we'll treat everybody with kindness and respect," Popovich said when asked about fans' anticipation for the game. "We always have in the past, so we'll see."
Patty Mills was also vocal about fans playing nice during Thursday's game. He hopes Spurs lovers will remember Leonard's happier days with the franchise, calling him a great teammate and good friend.

"Hoping that it will be a warm welcome back to San Antonio. He's won a championship and grew up here," Mills said. "People have treated him well, the community and fans. I think that goes with the kind of people the community of San Antonio are, and the class, and how family-oriented the city is."
While the Spurs have long been considered one of the classiest and most drama-free franchises in the league, San Antonio has also never had a player expected to lead the team turn around and demand a trade.

Sure, the players aren't making a big fuss out of the game or airing ill feelings toward Leonard, but we're guessing fans will throw shade on social media throughout the game.

We'll find out tonight whether they follow Popovich's lead on behaving themselves.

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