Wild Card Division: 2. Uncle Dennis vs. 7. Richard Jefferson
2. Uncle Dennis
Along with Zaza Pachulia, Dennis Robertson also played a huge role in the deteriorating relationship between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs. Besides being Leonard’s uncle, Robertson has also served as his career and business strategist throughout his career.
While the actual circumstances around the bad breakup may never be known, Dennis didn’t exactly help the situation. As a fan of the team, I tend to lead more toward the side that the Spurs were doing everything they could to make sure Kawhi could fully recover and be comfortable sticking with the Silver and Black for the long term.
After the departure of Leonard, Robertson went on to say the Spurs didn’t believe Kawhi was too injured to play, resulting in a lack of trust between both sides. Knowing Coach Gregg Popovich’s extremely cautious nature when it comes to nursing his players’ injuries, it’s hard for me to believe that the organization applied so much pressure to their future franchise player.
Robertson wanted his nephew to go west, where he could thrive in a big market and expand his brand. He and Kawhi reportedly asked for a variety of illegal incentives when being courted by the Lakers that included part ownership of the team, a private plane available at all times, a house a guaranteed amount of off-court endorsement money that they could expect.
The situation prompted an investigation into Leonard’s free agency, in which he ultimately landed on the L.A. Clippers. Let’s face it: Robertson and his nephew wanted out of the small market Spurs, and his injury management fiasco was the perfect way to sneak their way out.
7. Richard Jefferson
It’s one thing that his play was underwhelming in San Antonio. It’s another thing when he came after the city. “Worst place to play? Well, San Antonio is a dump,” said Richard Jefferson in an interview with Men’s Health. “San Antonio fans hate me no matter how many nice things I say about them, and I’m getting to the point where I’m like, ‘screw off,’ he continued.
Jefferson has always had a sarcastic sense of humor, such as when he trolled Tim Duncan by saying he was carried to his five titles recently. Comments like those are obviously a joke, and probably even the one about the city too. So why is Jefferson on this list? Well, it came down to his play.
Coming off huge seasons in New Jersey and Milwaukee, the Spurs thought they found another star in Jefferson, but that was far from the case. His stats dipped across the board and only got worse when the playoffs came around. More importantly, his effort just didn’t seem to be there throughout his time in San Antonio, resulting in fewer and fewer minutes.
For whatever reason, R.J. didn’t seem motivated to help the Spurs continue their deep playoff runs during his brief stint with the team. Considering his capabilities, that warrants a villain stamp.
Stay tuned to Air Alamo to find out who you vote as the Spurs’ biggest villain!