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San Antonio Spurs: Jay Williams on Kawhi Leonard’s ‘thank you’ letter

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs in action against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 2, 2018 in New York City. The Spurs defeated the Knicks 100-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs in action against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 2, 2018 in New York City. The Spurs defeated the Knicks 100-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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After Kawhi Leonard’s “thank you” letter to the San Antonio Spurs, former basketball player Jay Williams spoke out on its validity.

Kawhi Leonard‘s reputation places as a silent superstar. That’s a given after the season-long quadriceps injury drama that surrounded the San Antonio Spurs, and the public barely heard from him. It further complicated this saga and a trade eventually took place.

In July, the Spurs sent Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick. DeRozan, Green and Poeltl all spoke on the move within a short period, but Leonard stayed silent, until a letter released nearly three weeks after the trade.

Leonard provided a “thank you” to the Spurs and San Antonio for his tenure there, but after everything that transpired with the saga, the fan reception was not positive.

Your thoughts on Kawhi Leonard's "thank you" letter to the Spurs and the fans? #GoSpursGo

— Air Alamo (@AirAlamo) August 9, 2018

ESPN analyst and former basketball player, Jay Williams, was amongst those who did not like Leonard’s letter. On Get Up!, he did not believe it was authentic and wished the San Diego State product never said anything.

It was unusual, as Williams alluded to, since Leonard never makes public comments. This even became in the years before the saga unfolded, but in less tenuous times, of course.

The reaction was not great on social media, but the litmus test will come in person, when the Raptors face the Spurs on Jan. 3. This will be Leonard’s first game back to the AT&T Center, along with Green, and draw more than enough eyes to make this a night to remember, in terms of the mixed cheers and jeers he may receive. It’s a while away, though, and there’s nearly three months of season to go through with Leonard in Toronto.

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Were Leonard’s words authentic? Or should they be perceived otherwise to the Spurs fan base?

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