We’ve known for some time now that things between Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs were not well. For the past few months, Leonard has been treating San Antonio like how girls treat the weird guy at the bar they accidently gave their number to. Kawhi has straight up been leaving the team’s “You up?” texts on read.
But today, things escalated to new heights. According to multiple reports, Leonard said (most likely in a whisper) that he wants out of San Antonio via a trade, and he really wants to be a Laker.
That second part is as earth-shattering as anything, but we will dissect that at a later date. The big thing to take away from today’s news is that the Spurs, as we know them, are gone forever.
It seems like yesterday the Spurs were this dynasty team that no one even realized was a dynasty. Fast forward to the present and it’s all gone. No more Tony Parker and his hot wife, and the affairs, no more Tim Duncan and the Grill Master 500 kicks, no more giving LeBron heat cramps in NBA Finals games. The only pieces left are Manu, and he’s about 100 years old, and Pop, who said he’s likely to retire soon. LaMarcus Aldridge too, but I don’t really think he’s going to be the guy that takes down a super-team. I’m sure they’ll also get some great returns from whatever trade they make involving Kawhi, but Leonard really seemed like the last piece of such a dominant franchise.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not gonna bet against any team that Pop is leading, but the Spurs will not be what many have grown accustomed to for the past two decades. I can say that because I watched about seven of their games over the last 10 seasons. It’s sad, but I just wanted to put my condolences out there.
P.S. I’m really hoping the Spurs make a trade with the Lakers and get Lonzo just so we can hear Pop verbally annihilate LaVar Ball as much as possible.