During an evening in San Antonio full of boos and heckling every time the former Spur touched the ball, Leonard's mother finally had enough when she heard a bit too much from a certain individual.
That's a pretty classy move by both guys and it shows just how much they respect each other.
But his relationship with the franchise soured last season when a quadriceps injury limited him to nine games. No, not at all.
The 2014 NBA Finals MVP had become public enemy number one in his old stomping grounds since he forced a trade to the Raptors in the offseason. During the Raptors pregame player introductions, Spurs fans certainly didn't hold back as they rained down a healthy dose of roaring boos when Leonard's name was announced. For the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard was looking to beat the team he demanded to be traded from, while DeMar DeRozan of the Spurs was looking for revenge after being traded from a team he loved.
"It meant a lot", he said of his time in San Antonio.More news: Palestinian US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Curses Donald Trump 1st Day in Office
DeMar DeRozan, one of two players acquired for Leonard, propelled San Antonio to the easy win with his first-career triple-double. "I don't feel like it's going to be an emotional game, but that's right now". "Things like that only get me better for the long run, so it's going to be a good game". DeRozan is averaging just over 23 points a night, but lately has been stealing Lowry's game plan and bumping his assist totals. By contrast, Danny Green was cheered as if he were never dealt to Toronto along with Leonard.
But DeRozan stole the thunder, becoming the first Spurs player since Tim Duncan in 2003 to record a triple-double at home. "We always have in the past, so we'll see".
"I felt badly about it", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
"Honestly, I wish I had something cool to say to look for it, but I haven't thought about it at all", DeRozan told reporters. "Just go out there and have fun".
One of the hecklers aimed their negativity toward Kim Leonard, Kawhi's mother, who was sitting near the end line wearing a Raptors jersey with Leonard's number on the back.