The Kawhi Leonard saga in San Antonio has been probably the most weird tales within the NBA this season, with there being an obvious disconnect between the franchise and the famous person that isn’t even with the workforce whereas he rehabs.
As so many have identified, a part of what makes the Leonard-Spurs state of affairs so unusual is that it entails a franchise that’s been a mannequin of consistency and prevented nearly any drama involving its star gamers through the years. From David Robinson to Tim Duncan to Tony Parker to Manu Ginobili and the early years of Kawhi’s ascendance to superstardom, San Antonio was a marvel of transitioning energy on the ground and getting its prime gamers to purchase in to the system.
Now, that’s fracturing and it’s triggered many to marvel if that is the top of the street for the Spurs dynasty, with many groups anticipated to name about Leonard’s availability this summer season, together with the Clippers who reportedly have plans to make a serious push for the star ahead. Within the meantime, San Antonio seems headed for a fast exit from the postseason by the hands of the Warriors, and whereas that occurs, the tales in regards to the Leonard saga will solely proceed to pour out of that sequence.
The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears spoke with some within the Spurs locker room and entrance workplace about Kawhi’s unusual state of affairs, but additionally regarded again on the only a few situations of actual, sincere to goodness drama in San Antonio. The one which caught out probably the most was about Avery Johnson making an attempt to combat Malik Rose within the locker room after a loss earlier than occurring a rampage, breaking a TV, over his minutes being minimize.
The Chicago Tribune reported in March 2000 that Spurs guard Avery Johnson was angering teammates with egocentric complaining after being benched in a number of fourth quarters for Terry Porter, who was a greater Three-point shooter. Throughout a 92-81 Spurs loss at Cleveland on Feb. 15, 2000, Johnson and teammate Malik Rose argued over a defensive play when Cavaliers guard Andre Miller bought a Three-point play.
After the sport, a nude Johnson tried to slap Rose in entrance of his locker whereas on his technique to the bathe, a supply informed The Undefeated. Rose lunged ahead to hit Johnson and slipped and fell after entering into teammate Mario Elie’s bucket of ice. Rose was held again by teammates Felton Spencer and Jerome Kersey. Nonetheless nude, Johnson began pacing across the locker room, throwing stuff round and breaking a tv whereas having phrases for Popovich, Robinson, Rose and Porter in regards to the workforce not being his. The Spurs didn’t re-sign Johnson, though the franchise did retire his No. 6 jersey after he retired, and he as a substitute signed with the Denver Nuggets.
That is actually extra in your face drama than what we’re seeing as regards to Kawhi, but it surely’s a reasonably phenomenal story. It’s additionally the final time the Spurs actually handled something like that for properly over a decade, which is really unimaginable, as the following instance Spears may discover was the entire Stephen Jackson ordeal in 2013 when he and Pop butted heads.
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