The Spurs look ‘very bad’ after Kawhi takes the Raptors to the NBA Finals – Stephen A. | First Take

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  • Published: 27 May 2019
  • Stephen A. Smith says the San Antonio Spurs “look very bad” after trading away Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors.
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  • Brandon Young
    Brandon Young  1 months back

    I have a Kawhi Leonard at-home Spurs jersey I wonder how much I could get for it after he retires are a few years

    • Chris Scott
      Chris Scott  2 months back

      Kawhi gave 100% for SA, we all saw him, that's why in 2015, he was 2nd in the nominations of MVP behind Curry and 3rd in 2017. Your best player tells you that he is not ready to play, you question his word and you send Tony and Manu down in front of everyone. And as the human is easily influenced, some without really asking the question began to treat Kawhi as a liar, to the clasher then leave it was his best decision ...

      • the Secondhand Child
        the Secondhand Child  4 months back

        Kawhi and his uncle wanted a bigger market. They didn't have the balls to admit it so instead, kawhi's team decided to destroy the Spurs image to save Kawhi's marketability. Shame on kawhi and his family... He will be booed in SA for the rest of his career.

      • watchful news
        watchful news  4 months back

        Demar got hosed, no LeBron, embiid sick, boston weak, giannis limited, & KD lnjured.

        • Dara Aujla
          Dara Aujla  3 months back

          @watchful news lol just shutup your obvs a butthurt Demar fan. You don't care about winning so who cares what you think. Go be a spurs fan

        • watchful news
          watchful news  3 months back

          Demar soent 8/9yrs in toronto, but since the spurs and kawhi cant get along, they snatch demar out of canada, why it wasent his fault alone toronto didnt win a chip, stop neing a flunky for management how the hell do people just except throwing a loyal guy away like that.

        • watchful news
          watchful news  3 months back

          Dara Aujla damn you dont listen, kill all these emotions and pay attention, wether demar could win the chip or not is not the issue here, and why the hell would the spurs give kawhi who wouldn't play for them danny green and gasol to go with toronto if their wasnt something fishy going on, people don't hand you a new car when you refuse to play for them, wth are you not seeing, all you seem to worry about is kawhi, remember kawhi didn't feel he was ready to play then a year later when he could have waited the spurs decide to trade him to a east contender and lebron just happens to leave and theirs no one to replace him, damn ray charles can see this shit, do you think kawhi could have won the chip with the cavs or the wizards how about miami or detroit, I'm out, no big deal enjoy your sleep, i got this.

        • Dara Aujla
          Dara Aujla  3 months back

          @watchful news and Demar didn't get hosed. Do you know how many opportunities Demar got to break through. He kept choking in the playoffs. Most teams wouldn't even give the dude a max rn.

        • Dara Aujla
          Dara Aujla  3 months back

          @watchful news all you gotta ask yourself is do raptors win a ring with Demar or Kawhi? Str8 up

      • Chin Chukwu
        Chin Chukwu  4 months back

        so uncle dennis wants everyone to believe that he did not have anything to do with kawhi not playing in san antonio? LOLOL. you fell for that stepehn a.----WOOOOOOOW, unbelievable.

        • R T
          R T  4 months back

          Here’s An Interesting Theory, What If Gregg Popavich Traded Kawhi To The Raptors On Purpose? With The Raptors Being The “1st Seed” In The East The Season Prior & With Lebron Leaving The Eastern Conference, Pop Understood That Trading Kawhi To Toronto Would Put The Raptors Over The Top To Go Through The East & Get To The Finals & Take Out The Golden State Warriors Whom Were A Thorn On The Spurs Side In The West..... Just A Theory But Very Very Popavich Like

          • Snicky G
            Snicky G  4 months back

            I disagree that Kawhi owes popovich anything! Kawhi is what he is today because of his dedication and his hard work! By the way, I read many times that Kawhi would still be with the Spurs if popovich and R C Buford had handled this situation properly!

            • Jay Faulks
              Jay Faulks  4 months back

              Fuck the Spurs

              • kathy Johson
                kathy Johson  4 months back

                Stupid & dumb

                • Pandabearmadness
                  Pandabearmadness  4 months back

                  What gets me with kawhi how even keel he plays and how much he did for the spurs. When he came back to play against the spurs the booed him that was fucked up imho the spurs fans look like assholes. I totally get okc booing kd when he came back but with kawhi that was pathetic

                  • Douglas Taggart
                    Douglas Taggart  4 months back

                    Now, Leonard is going to directly eliminate the Spurs from the playoffs.

                    • TheBFGHarrison
                      TheBFGHarrison  4 months back

                      How do you think Stephen A Smith Looks after these finals? LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

                      • Eddie Laurel
                        Eddie Laurel  4 months back

                        The Spurs treated Kawhi like a super star because he is. When Aldridge wanted to leave. Pop took Aldridge out to dinner and they talked and Pop fixed things up with Aldridge. Pop listens and if he’s wrong he apologizes
                        He tried talking to Kawhi. Kawhi doesn’t talk or listens. Pop made him better every year. Kawhi is a robot Pop programmed. Pop started rest your starters a few games a year so they won’t be burnt out when playoffs start.

                        • The Ladies Man
                          The Ladies Man  4 months back

                          Max speaks on Danny Green getting traded when he spoke out on Kawhi and his own injury. Funny how the same thing happens to Igudola when he spoke on KD and his own injury and ex GS coach.

                          • The Ladies Man
                            The Ladies Man  4 months back

                            Spurs got💩on their faces! Across the board top to bottom.

                            • Lee Taylor
                              Lee Taylor  4 months back

                              Stephen Jackson hasn't earned any shit for his say on the spurs or the culture . He played one year in 2003 as a role player after being waived by the nets . Thought he was worth big money and the spurs didn't agree and he left never taking a team anywhere . Spurs acquired him again in 2013 , then waived by Pop before the finals because wanted and thought he deserved as he thought he was a better player Kawhi's and Manu's minutes . That's it . So no Stephen A. Smith you are wrong as usual and Jackson is just talking out of his ass trying to stay relevant on t.v.

                              • Alfredo Calpito
                                Alfredo Calpito  4 months back

                                Its the uncle of Kawhi that does not like SPURS, and he happened to be his Dad's Brother.

                                • Nguyen Lee
                                  Nguyen Lee  4 months back

                                  Kawhi might not talk too much but don't mistake that for slow or stupid. He's very smart. And u can tell in his interviews he doesn't like those stupid questions they ask. When u real, it's hard to fake some things.

                                  • josefino72
                                    josefino72  4 months back

                                    Evolve or go extinct, San Antonio.

                                    • Robert Simpson
                                      Robert Simpson  5 months back

                                      Do you remember when kawhi was with the spurs a year ago he said he wanted to be traded to lakers before they sent him to the raptor s so if the lakers get him next year hands down every body gonna be laker fan all of a sudden

                                      • chaddy204
                                        chaddy204  5 months back

                                        Shit if spurs were in East they'd be east finals too

                                        • AYESHA LEONARD
                                          AYESHA LEONARD  5 months back

                                          Popavich is a tyrant. That lunatic should be put in an asylum for his tantrums. Stupid fool. Fuck the spurs and their bitch fans.

                                          • Daniel Plainview
                                            Daniel Plainview  5 months back

                                            Kawhi quit on the Spurs! He wanted to play in Los Angeles and did not want to commit to a long term contract in San Antonio. He used his injury as a way out. Don't twist this story like the Spurs did him wrong. GTFOH

                                            • Michael McLaughlin
                                              Michael McLaughlin  4 months back

                                              Wrong!!! He did exactly what he should've done. Sit until you say you're ready!!!! Now he's on top of the world!!!! SanAntonio screwed up..... Period.

                                            • Butt Head
                                              Butt Head  5 months back

                                              Uuuuh no. As much as teams try to downplay injuries it's good he stayed out. Look at kd. If he wouldn't have played you'd say he quit. He plays and gets hurt worse. You happy now?

                                          • Samuel Mahmud
                                            Samuel Mahmud  5 months back

                                            He won the chip!🏀congratulations

                                            • James Watts
                                              James Watts  5 months back

                                              Stop giving credit to these coach's it is the player's who make the coach look good

                                              • James Watts
                                                James Watts  5 months back

                                                Don't nobody want to play for the San Antonio Spurs

                                                • Greg Gorecky
                                                  Greg Gorecky  5 months back

                                                  ......and then they won.

                                                  • arf shesaid
                                                    arf shesaid  5 months back

                                                    DEMAR, WE WILL NEVER FORGET THE HEART YOU BROUGHT TO THIS CITY, HAVING CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE WHEN THAT SNAKE BOSH TOOK THE EASY LANE, ALL THE BEST FOR YOUR FUTURE.......THANKS MAN

                                                    • Julian Jefferies
                                                      Julian Jefferies  5 months back

                                                      I said this before and now I'm going to say it again. Popavich is a bully.

                                                      • Matthew Matthews
                                                        Matthew Matthews  5 months back

                                                        UNCLE DENNIS WAS THE PROBLEM, NOT KY JELLY

                                                        • MINION6166
                                                          MINION6166  5 months back

                                                          Kawhi gave up on Greg Popovich and the Spurs...... Real talk!!!!

                                                          • Connie B
                                                            Connie B  5 months back

                                                            Kawhi owes Popovich for his first opportunity to learn how to be a champion team leader. But Pop is old school. He, and San Anton, believe a player should sacrifice his health for the team. Kawhi did not. 21st century players do not think like that. There's too much money involved. They see themselves as $100millionaires. It's staggering for the rest of us.

                                                            • Reginald Jeanmarie
                                                              Reginald Jeanmarie  5 months back

                                                              Community guidelines: ESPN should never allow that republican conservative to speak on racially charged political topics. (I forget his name). He has no respect for young black males right to live.

                                                              • Reginald Jeanmarie
                                                                Reginald Jeanmarie  5 months back

                                                                Does anyone remember J.R. Richards, of the Houston Astros? His team doctor nearly killed him.

                                                                • metal... for headbangers only

                                                                  Tired of hearing about the 1st class Spurs.. doubting their star player.. teammates throwing their star under the bus.. .. you know what?.. 35 million fans welcoming a Superstar.. load mgmt to help him back.. not bothering him about next season but concentrating on this yr.. a GM /Prez that is now considered the best in the NBA.. .. Raptors teammates backing Kawhi .. FU Tony Parker..snake.. POP..😂😂😂 suck it.. Raptors just set the bar on how to retool an organization.. WeTheNorth.. World Champions..

                                                                  • sodori
                                                                    sodori  5 months back

                                                                    I never saw an organisation doing its darnest to burn their bridges with the franchise player like the Spurs did last season. It's almost as if they felt like they owned Kawhi. And what Parker pulled in that interview was a punk move.
                                                                    Can you imagine him pulling the same shit on Tim Duncan? Or Derek Fisher pulling similar shit on Kobe?


                                                                    Nah~

                                                                • aka J P RODDY
                                                                  aka J P RODDY  5 months back

                                                                  I think of it how Michael Finley left the Mavs for the Spurs only to have the Mavericks win the title the next year. The following year after that though, Finley got his ring.

                                                                  • leung leo
                                                                    leung leo  5 months back

                                                                    Actually before the Spurs got so hyped all of a sudden, they were famous for their dirty plays, and Pop was famous as a sneaky coach also. I’m not saying Spurs wasn’t a great team and Pop wasn’t a great coach, I like them too. But the different is I know what I like and whom I like, I know who they are, and I still like them. I don’t mind a little dirty, but just not too much, definitely not Bowen hurting Carter type of dirty again!!
                                                                    What I’m trying to say is that Spurs is a great team, but they are never the holy team. So for those young fans, get to know a team before u like a team! Spurs did some shit to Kawhi, and Kawhi leaves the Spurs for a reason.

                                                                    • Nate The Great
                                                                      Nate The Great  5 months back

                                                                      If the Spurs wouldn't have misdiagnosed Kawhi Leonard and had just let him play instead of trying to cover their mistakes while trying to make him look like the bad guy and if his teammates hadn't been in their feelings and tried to force him to play, the San Antonio Spurs could've been 2019 NBA Champions. Too bad for them. Salute to Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors for a season and a playoff run that was one for the ages.

                                                                      • M M
                                                                        M M  5 months back

                                                                        Do the Spurs look “very very bad now” after Kawhi wins a chip? 🤣🤣🤣🤣

                                                                      • deputy dogg
                                                                        deputy dogg  5 months back

                                                                        Remember oj Simpson? Same dam thing in the NFL. Happens all the time Duane Thomas w the Dallas cowboys . Same thing. U got to separate. Look at LeBron w cavaliers same thing. U can't wait on them move on. Media will punish u for it.

                                                                        • deputy dogg
                                                                          deputy dogg  5 months back

                                                                          Don't play for ignit ppl. Texas is wierd. Toronto is cold but thy were
                                                                          Good ppl. Media ignored Leonard all dam season on purpose in respect for san Antonio and not negro men who go for it. Didn't get Earl cambell one dang thing but used up quick. He dam near dead now.

                                                                          • arf shesaid
                                                                            arf shesaid  5 months back

                                                                            dude its no colder than New york , Philly , Detroit, Indiana, Chicago, Boston, Milwaukee, Brookland Cleveland, Denver, Minnesota, you are certainly most welcome to come check out this city brother, let me know when your coming i'd be honored to show you around . I was born downtown and know the place fairly well, a cool time to come is during the Carabana celebration thats coming up, look it up , its pretty fun , just like Kawhi. peace. sorry for the rant but getting tired of this cold bs talk, winters supposed to be cold, thats why its called winter, lol

                                                                        • Deez Nuts
                                                                          Deez Nuts  5 months back

                                                                          He needs to pay attention to the srry ass Knicks

                                                                          • incognitoct
                                                                            incognitoct  5 months back

                                                                            Pop should protect Kawhi, no matter what. It was his player afteral, not to throw arrows at him.

                                                                            • Innis Mor
                                                                              Innis Mor  5 months back

                                                                              Long Live Tony Parker !! God Bless him !! ....... (grateful Raptors fan)

                                                                            • Seth Doty
                                                                              Seth Doty  5 months back

                                                                              Kawhi quit in the Spurs

                                                                              • SIN MILITANT
                                                                                SIN MILITANT  5 months back

                                                                                U look bad also Stephen A. Who was sticking it to Kawhi after he got traded to Toronto

                                                                                • Jays Raps4eva
                                                                                  Jays Raps4eva  5 months back

                                                                                  IMAGINE HOW DEPRESSED DEMAR IS NOW...HOW SAD

                                                                                  • Eduardo Rodriguez
                                                                                    Eduardo Rodriguez  5 months back

                                                                                    How much did el padrino and spurs mafia pay you, Stephen? El padrino is a psycho, perhaps that's why he's been so successful in coaching and that's why he got upset, because he was not allowed to control kawhi's life, el padrino is a master manipulator. Stephen Jackson described it well