After several great years, Kawhi Leonard’s adventure at Spurs ended in misunderstanding, tension and chaos. At the center of the controversy: a certain Tony Parker, whose opinion has the merit of being clear and clear on the situation.
If he was drafted by Indiana, it is in San Antonio, where he was immediately traded, that the project Kawhi Leonard took shape. For several years, the Spurs modeled their robot, so much so that “The Klaw” became a superstar, a Finals MVP, and, everyone at Fort Alamo hoped, the future of the franchise near the era. of the Big Three. Unfortunately, everything changed during the 2017-18 season…
Injured that year, Leonard decided not to return to competition despite the authorization of the Spurs medical staff. The winger had chosen to rely only on his side, which created great tension in the Texas locker room. In March 2018, when a meeting between players had been called with Kawhi, Tony Parker spoke to the press and sent the bomb: “My injury was 100 times worse than his. I went through that and came back. I have total confidence in our doctors”.
Tony Parker clear on what happened between Kawhi Leonard and him
We now know: these comments went very badly with Camp Leonard, and several insiders even consider that they were the straw that broke the camel’s back. A few months later, the silent All-Star flew to Toronto, leaving behind an ocean of regret and frustration in San Antonio. For some, Parker was the designated culprit – a version that the Frenchman strongly refuted at the microphone of The Ringer then of Pounding The Rock:
If people think Kawhi left because of me, they’re really wrong. I am not the reason for his departure. What’s too bad is that everyone labeled me as the bad guy, when I had no problem playing with him. It’s sad that people tried to set me up against him. I told guys close to Kawhi, like Danny Green, to talk to him and tell him the real story.
I have no problem with Kawhi. We never argued. When the reporter asked me if my injury was worse than his, I said yes because it was the truth. It didn’t lessen the reality of his hurt. He took control of the franchise and I gladly handed him the baton. Everyone is different. It’s unfortunate that the media took a sentence to make it look like I didn’t want to play with him.
I have nothing but good things to say about Kawhi, and I spent some very good years with him. We played really well together, we won a title… I’m happy to have played with him. Then he decided to do something else, and that’s his right.
Tony Parker swept the subject without language of wood, but not sure that he convinced all those who accuse him for many years of having accelerated the departure of Kawhi Leonard. An end to the course in San Antonio which remains very regrettable…