San Antonio Spurs fans have chosen to burn Kawhi Leonard jerseys, despite him still remaining with the team.
Kawhi Leonard’s reported desire for a trade from the San Antonio Spurs became the first major offseason storyline in what will be a chaotic summer. It’s also a turning point for a franchise of stability, one that always kept the same core together, happy, and won five championships, from 1999-2014.
Some fans might have stuck with the Spurs through the years, even before this prolonged run of success. So, when they see someone that wants off the team, it’s an unusual circumstance.
Well, Spurs fans have taken to social media to display their frustrations, including one who decided to burn his Leonard jersey. Warning: there’s some NSFW language in this video.
NBA fans started burning jerseys when LeBron James left for the Miami Heat in 2010. The same happened when Kevin Durant bolted from the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors.
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However, it’s June 17 and Kawhi Leonard remains with the Spurs. In fact, it’s still not a guarantee he moves elsewhere, given the one year left on his contract and the meeting that has not taken place with Gregg Popovich. If the two sides willingly go face to face, then it’s possible for everything to be resolved and will make this fans, and anyone else that tries to burn jerseys, regret their decision.
Jersey-burning seems to happen when almost any big-name NBA player leaves his respective team, at this point. These acts receive notoriety on social media and draw attention, but it does not accomplish anything except a lost piece of NBA gear that fans spent around $75-200 on. Is that actually worth it?
Let’s see what the next step is between Leonard and the Spurs. Also, if anyone else chooses to burn their gear soon.