Toronto Raptors fans were hit with plenty of news on Friday and, naturally, it concerned Kawhi Leonard's Toronto return. Chief among the revelations was that the NBA Finals MVP and Canada's latest sporting icon is set to roll back up to Scotiabank Arena on December 11, as reported by Sportsnet. And it's safe to say people feel some kind of way about it.
Kawhi, of course, gave Toronto and Canada everything during his solitary season in Ontario. He delivered the franchise's maiden NBA championship before heading back out west to his native California to sign for the LA Clippers.
At the time, of course, most Raptors fans, being the Canadians that they are, had nothing but nice things to say about the Klaw.
Likely a factor in the lack of ill-feeling surrounding his departure was the fact that Kawhi always seemed to have his heart set on a return to the city of angels. Even reports of him making unreasonable requests of the Raptors camp during negotiations didn't do much to sour the sentiment.
Some Raptors fans may note the irony in Kawhi's return coming as winter hits Toronto. The superstar was famously none too pleased with the harsh conditions of winter on Lake Ontario.
It's a shame the Ka'wine and Dine promo won't be running. Kawhi suggested in his first Clippers press conference that he'd enjoyed taking advantage of the initiative named after him.
One thing seems certain, though. Toronto's - and Canada's - latest sporting icon will surely get a hero's welcome upon his return.
Kawhi Leonard will make his return to Toronto on December 11th #WeTheNorth https://t.co/ucvTmFaGa2— Raptors Nation™ (@Raptors Nation™)1564775073.0
Anyone who even thinks about booing kawhi when he comes back in December is gonna catch these hands— coley (@coley)1564777999.0
When Kawhi checks in for his first game back in Toronto the arena should erupt in nothing short of a celebration. A… https://t.co/j2vvuGZtcQ— HoopMinded (@HoopMinded)1564777025.0
The emotion of DeMar's return was so unique and awesome, but man, Dec. 11 in Toronto is going to be some kind of SCENE.— Joseph Casciaro (@Joseph Casciaro)1564776377.0
Prepare your lungs for the biggest "thanks, former player" cheer in Raptors history: Kawhi Leonard will play his fi… https://t.co/z5FOCDUdwZ— Josh Kern (@Josh Kern)1564777344.0
The thought of Toronto being denied a Kawhi reunion is a sad one. However, given the tendency to rest Kawhi at times during the season, the topic of load management was front of mind for some fans.
As has been pointed out, here's hoping Kawhi's return to Toronto on Dec. 11 isn't a load management day. #WeTheNorth— Greg Gallagher (@Greg Gallagher)1564783436.0
@theScore please do the most kawhi thing ever and "load manage" (sit out) this game.— 🧢 (@🧢)1564776522.0
The Clippers giving Kawhi the night off for his return to Toronto will be an all time troll moment. #LoadManagement https://t.co/3OHMy97848— Gareth Bush (@Gareth Bush)1564778129.0
5 bucks Kawhi doesn't play on Dec 11th.— Vineet (@Vineet)1564781116.0
Fingers crossed that doesn't happen, eh?