Why the Spurs Are Proving Kawhi Leonard Wrong

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After delaying the inevitable, the San Antonio Spurs are in the first year of a rebuild following the trade of their former star, Kawhi Leonard. While the Spurs' record currently sits at just 25-41, they're definitely on the right track and even have a new star in Dejounte Murray to build around.

Meanwhile, Leonard could miss the entire season for the LA Clippers with yet another injury in a long list of career injuries. To be clear, Leonard probably doesn't regret forcing his way out of San Antonio, but he should. Why? Let's delve deeper into why the Spurs are proving Leonard wrong.

Leonard's intention to play in L.A. was obvious dating back to his final season with the team. However, his desire to relocate to a flashier city was apparently only part of the reason. Leonard wanted to play with another superstar, and Los Angeles often attracts superstars while San Antonio doesn't.

To be fair, San Antonio was on the wishlist for Paul George and Kyrie Irving once upon a time, when they demanded trades in 2017. That said, San Antonio failed to acquire either, and that assuredly led to Leonard questioning the team's ability to compete for a championship.

That's absurd in retrospect, considering the Spurs won a franchise-best 67 games in the 2015-16 season and 61 games in the 2016-17 season. They even made it to the Western Conference Finals in 2017.

Eventually, they lost to the Warriors, who'd previously added Kevin Durant to a championship team, making them almost unbeatable.