Do you believe in destiny?
In a cruel twist of fate for the San Antonio Spurs and fortune for the Raptors, it appears Kawhi Leonard‘s first thoughts toward a life away from the storied Texas franchise began during his stay in Toronto for the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend.
According to a report from Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News, Leonard and those who traveled with him grew jealous of how some all-stars used private luxury cars for their excursions while others used standard transportation provided by the NBA.
The former Finals MVP was making his first all-star game appearance and scored 17 points as a starter in a lopsided 196-173 win for the West over the East.
Leonard finished that 2015-16 campaign averaging 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals and a block over 72 games. The Spurs finished 67-15 and lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in six games in the second round of the playoffs. It was also Tim Duncan’s final season.
The report went on to suggest that Leonard’s desire for fame further increased on a trip to China in August of 2017, where his personal team — including the now infamous Dennis Robertson a.k.a. Uncle Dennis — began to recognize the potential for a truly global brand after seeing countless fans in his jersey.