Kawhi Leonard reveals what he’s expecting from Raptors fans in his return
Kawhi Leonard will make his first return to Toronto on Wednesday night, when the Clippers take on the Raptors. The former San Diego State standout spoke with TSN’s Josh Lewenberg ahead of the matchup to discuss what he expects from the fans inside Scotiabank Arena.
“I mean there will be some cheers but definitely I think more boos because they want to win the game,” Leonard said, via Lewenberg. “They’re not going to be cheering for a player that’s on the opposing team.”
In one of the bigger moves of this offseason, Leonard decided to leave the Raptors after just one season. The 28-year-old star agreed to the terms of a three-year, $103 million max contract with the Clippers. So far, the results have been good for LA, as the team is currently holding a 18-7 overall record.
Leonard, who is currently featured in a New Balance billboard in downtown Toronto, has made 18 appearances with the Clippers thus far, racking up averages of 25.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting from the field (33.0 percent from beyond the arc), 7.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.9 steals in 31.1 minutes per outing.
Kawhi says he enjoyed his time in Toronto, but he’s there to win on Wednesday night:
“I’ll be thinking about just playing against the team and wanting to win the game, for the most part,” Leonard said, via ESPN. “Just really getting my ring that night. … We’re there for one reason: to play the Raptors and try to win the game.”
Tip-off for Wednesday night’s Clippers-Raptors game is set for 7:00 p.m. ET, with ESPN having live broadcast coverage. Ticket holders have been asked to be in their seats early, as Kawhi will be receiving his championship ring in a special ceremony.