For over two decades, the San Antonio Spurs have been the gold standard.
The epitome of stability and consistency on and off the court, they have been the envy of every other franchise in the NBA. The winning, the culture, the professionalism, the respect… the Spurs always compete and they always do it on their terms.
For year, the Spurs have flat out denied the age old saying that all good things must come to an end, though, one transaction has placed their 22-year postseason streak in serious jeopardy.
When Kawhi Leonard returns to San Antonio on the day after Thanksgiving, it will have been 500 days since the most successful franchise in the modern era decided to trade away their dynamic two-way superstar.
July 18, 2018 was the day ‘The Kawhi Era’ in San Antonio officially came to a close, as the Spurs traded the 2014 Finals MVP to the Toronto Raptors.
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We may never know the full intricate details of what happened during the 2017-18 season, but we do know that Leonard’s final go-around with the franchise that pegged him as the torch bearer post-Tim Duncan was filled with frustration for all parties, in a situation that clearly devolved and became untenable.
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Leonard played just 210 minutes across nine appearances in the final campaign before the transaction was completed that paved the way for the Toronto Raptors to make a historic championship run.
▪️732 PTS (3rd most ever) ▪️14 30+ PT games (6th Player to reach that mark) ▪️Game 7 #TissotBuzzerBeater in the Conference Semis ▪️Named Finals MVP for 2nd time The BEST PLAYS from 2x NBA Champion Kawhi Leonard’s (30.5 PPG, 9.1 RPG) historic run in the 2019