With marquee names like Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker in the mix, there were all-time classic battles that led to contentious relationships between the fanbases. I still remember the constant "Beat L.A." chants ringing throughout San Antonio during their many playoff bouts, and Lakers fans felt a similar hostility with their silver and black rivals.
Well, we're now heading toward 2023, a time in which neither team is considered a serious contender. Still, some fans seem to be letting past grudges cloud their judgment. A few months ago, I spotlighted a Kobe superfan that took to Twitter to go after Tim Duncan for no reason.
A Lakers fan completely forgets how Kawhi Leonard evolved
On Sunday, a Twitter user with the name @GuruLakers added to the growing collection of statements by Lakers fans that would've been better off left in drafts.
Quoting a video of Lonnie Walker dunking with an empty runway, the "guru" tried to imply that Kawhi Leonard was only able to shine after he left the Spurs in 2018. "Remember when Kawhi left that system? Nvm, don't listen to me, I'm a casual," read the tweet. Well, at least he got one thing right.
Of course, it doesn't take a league scholar to know that Leonard was already a star before he left the Alamo City, and he even had a superstar season in 2016-17.
Kawhi averaged 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.8 steals per game on 48.5% shooting from the field and 35% shooting from deep that year. As a result, he finished third in MVP voting that year behind Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Yes, he's been just as special (when available) after leaving San Antonio, but that should only speak more about the Spurs' effective developmental system.
As expected, Spurs fans were quick to jump all over the ridiculous statement.
Sometimes, a take is so bad, that even your own fanbase turns against you. This one certainly met that criteria, and it was hilarious to watch unfold.
Don't worry, Lakers fans. I'm not one to judge a collective group based on a few bad apples. That's why it's good to see the ones with any sense at all come to the defense of a past rival.
In fact, I feel like accounts like this one usually gain a massive following with repeated hot takes even when they don't honestly believe them. That's one way to get clout quickly, after all. Think of it as the Skip Bayless approach.
Whatever works for you, guru. Real ones know better though.