Kawhi Leonard’s uncle denies reports of fissure between nephew and team
The reported rift between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs took a different turn, as rumors surrounding his uncle and business manager, Dennis Robertson, inferred that he had taken part in the tension between the two parties.
Robertson categorically denied the allegations, saying the story was the furthest from the truth.
“Dennis called me, we had a nice chat,” said Jared Zwerling of Sports Illustrated on the SI Now podcast. “Actually, before he called me, Dennis had a chat with R.C. Buford, GM of the Spurs, and it was a great conversation. Overall, here’s the consensus: the story is farthest from the truth. That was a quote from Dennis. We talked about the situation. Really, there’s no issue between Kawhi and the Spurs.”
Head coach Gregg Popovich recently said he doesn’t foresee his star forward coming back this season, which brought yet another layer to this drama, as it was later revealed that Leonard had been cleared to play, but was choosing to hold out for a second opinion on his quadriceps injury.
Leonard was a shadow of himself throughout the nine games he played upon coming back from injury, which could have been the reason he chose to sit out, as the Spurs shut him down indefinitely.
The former Finals MVP was peaking very early in his career and seeing this devastating injury taking so much away from his game could have been a reason he chose to get 100 percent right before returning. Teammate Tony Parker was believed to have suffered a much-worse injury, but managed to recover faster, despite suffering the letdown only a week away from Leonard.