San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich tore into followers Wednesday after they began booing one in every of their former gamers.
Footage from the sport exhibits followers jeering at Los Angeles Clippers guard Kawhi Leonard as he shot free throws within the second quarter. Leonard hit his first of two free throw makes an attempt and gave his teammates high-fives as he tried to drown out the booing.
Popovich interrupted the sport and hopped on the microphone to inform Spurs followers to cease.
By no means seen this earlier than in sports activities: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich received on the mic in center of the sport tonight and instructed followers to cease booing Kawhi Leonard, who years in the past pressured his means out of San Antonio.
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“Excuse me for a second!” Popovich mentioned. “Can we cease all of the booing and let these guys play? It’s received no class. That’s not who we’re. Knock off the booing.”
Popovich then walked again to the Spurs sideline as his message was met with a combination of cheers and boos from the gang. He gestured to the gang once more to chop out the unfavourable habits.
“Pop telling the followers to put off Kawhi Leonard. That’s not San Antonio,” mentioned the announcer.
The five-time championship successful coach’s speech was met with blended reactions on-line.
“Let the followers who paid some huge cash to attend the sport boo in the event that they need to. Go to mattress Popovich,” mentioned John Krisesel of PowerTripKFan.
“In rewatching this for the fiftieth time (as a result of I nonetheless can’t imagine this truly occurred) my favourite half is the emphatic “CUT IT OUT” arm gesture after the mic work was over. Pop is a illness,” tweeted sports radio host Sean Pendergast.
“Followers booing Pop is definitely the best embarrassment of this fanbase and finally this season. Simply disgusting,” tweeted sports podcast host Mac Pena.
NBA celebrity Kawhi Leonard’s tenure with San Antonio Spurs— which culminated in a 2014 NBA title— went south after forcing his means out of the franchise in 2018. The Spurs traded Leonard to the Toronto Raptors, the place he spearheaded a run to the 2019 NBA title. Following the title run, Leonard left the Raptors for the Los Angeles Clippers, the place he has been plagued with accidents and has struggled to remain on the courtroom.