The San Diego State Aztecs will honor Kawhi Leonard this Friday, but he won’t be there for his own Hall of Fame induction.
Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs have a meaningless preseason game the day of the ceremony.
— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) October 17, 2016
Come on, Kawhi: live a little.
Per the Express-News:
“My goal right now is to get this team better,” Leonard said. “I thank San Diego State for honoring me and I wish those guys luck in the upcoming season. They understand what I’m trying to accomplish.”
Leonard is the second Spur to be honored by his former school this preseason. Last Friday night, with the team’s permission, LaMarcus Aldridge skipped a preseason game against Miami at the AT&T Center to travel to Austin for induction into Texas’ Hall of Honor.
Leonard’s decision to participate in the Spurs’ final tune-up before the regular season did not surprise coach Gregg Popovich. […] “Kawhi is a lot like Timmy in that regard,” Popovich said, referring to recently retired Spurs great Tim Duncan. “Accolades don’t mean anything to him. He just wants to win NBA championships. It really is all he thinks about as far as basketball is concerned.”