Kawhi Leonard Is MAGA Trump Supporter . . .  Why He Has Beef With Coach Popovich

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NBA star Kawhi Leonard is reportedly an ardent supporter of President Trump. And according to reports he had problems with his coach, Gregg Popavich, because Coach Pop made disparaging remarks about the president.

A new report coming from a number of NBA reporters claim that the source of tension between NBA star Kawhi Leonard and Coach Gregg Popavich of the San Antonio Spurs is Donald Trump.

Here's what one journalist is saying:

And that's not just any old journalist. Kerry Keating is a TV host for ABC7 in the Bay and radio host for 95.7 The Game.Sp he's pretty credible.

Leonard was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers but was traded that night to the San Antonio Spurs along with the rights to Erazem Lorbek and Davis Bertans in exchange for George Hill. On December 10, 2011, following the conclusion of the NBA lockout, he signed a multi-year deal with the Spurs.

Leonard and teammate Tiago Splitter were selected to play in the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge as members of Team Chuck. Although he suited up for the event, he did not play due to a calf strain. After starter Richard Jefferson was traded to the Golden State Warriors for Stephen Jackson, Leonard was promoted to the starting small forward position while Jackson served as his backup.

At season's end, Leonard placed fourth in Rookie of the Year voting and was named to the 2012 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

Leonard is the son of Mark Leonard and Kim Robertson. He is the youngest child of the family and has four sisters. His father, Mark, was shot and killed on January 18, 2008, at the Compton car wash he owned. As of 2014, the murderer had still not been found, and the family had stopped asking authorities for updates. Leonard is the cousin of Stevie Johnson, American football wide receiver.

Leonard's girlfriend, Kishele Shipley, gave birth to their first child in July 2016.