Last week, former Spur Bruce Bowen came out in support of the Spurs organization. Today, another former Spurs legend followed suit.
Avery Johnson, who played ten seasons in San Antonio, is having a hard time believing that the Spurs would do anything to jeopardize the health of any player, including Kawhi Leonard.
“Obviously, Gregg Popovich is my mentor. I have a long tradition with the Spurs. I had a great run with them; I had a great run with the Mavs; helping them to the Finals in 2006. All of those things are great. But the truth of the matter is, if anybody insinuates that the Spurs didn’t do a great job at trying to take care of the health of Kawhi Leonard, is foolishness to me,” Johnson said on ESPN’s First Take today. “I’ve watched them take care of David Robinson; Tim Duncan has had health issues, injury situations. I’ve had some different injury situations, and we’ve always had the best care, from the best doctors. Wherever they are, we’ll find them. The Spurs are a high-level organization. Just to insinuate that the Spurs are not doing what’s in the best interest of Kawhi Leonard from a health standpoint, I just think that is ridiculous.”
Leonard, 26, who played in only nine games this season due to a quad injury, is reportedly unhappy with the way the Spurs have handled his injury. The two-time All-Star reportedly wants out of San Antonio, and would like to play in Los Angeles.
However, the Spurs are reportedly only looking to trade Leonard to an Eastern Conference team. Also, Spurs GM R. C. Buford would like to keep Leonard in San Antonio, so how this plays out should be very interesting.