What a signing, what an outcome since he came to play.
While everyone is disappointed that DeMar DeRozan is now wowing them in San Antonio, it was clear in the Golden State game last week that the move Masai made in the summer will make the difference.
Forget the cold, what Kawhi will feel in the coming 5 months, leading up to the playoffs is the warmth of an entire country. He will feel what it is like to travel all across the northern United States and have Canadian fans at every one of these venues. If that kind of warmth and love does not influence his decision to return after we go deep into the playoffs, it won’t be for lack of trying.
Kawhi is human. Yes, he is a superstar basketballer. But he proved in leaving San Antonio, that life is about more than the money when you are talking about amounts that dwarf anything we might hope to see in our lifetimes.
But life is about interactions. He will experience just how colorblind Canadians are. How we accept people for the sincerity of the person. Of the interactions with his team, his fans, and his superfans.
And he has a key influencer who has spent the last decade in Canada, his shooting partner Danny Green, who in the early part of the season has proven what a great asset we got in this 2 for 2 deal.
Basketball in this town is really fun to watch and if you are really watching, you will know they have not even hit their stride yet.
Enjoy the months ahead and embrace what Masai has done for this town!