"You move on in life", he said. "Things like that only get me better for the long run, so it's going to be a good game".
DeRozan finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists as he dominated the battle against Leonard, who was making his first trip back since being traded to Toronto in the offseason.
"I hope they react just as well and the same that they do with any other ex-teammate that comes back", Mills told reporters. One thing they've considered is playing a tribute for both Leonard and Green together to soften the reaction.
"I felt badly about it", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. People have treated him well - the community, fans and people here in San Antonio.
"I felt badly about it. Kawhi's a high-character guy".
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The Spurs continues to be competitive - because death, taxes and Spurs - but if you look at the return for both teams, it's not even close.
But the underrated part of the Leonard deal for the Raptors is Danny Green, and not just for his individual value, but for what he's provided in the adjustment period for Leonard. If not for the media, Leonard seems to think it wouldn't have gone that way.
The game was the first time Leonard had faced San Antonio since he requested a trade and was sent to Toronto this summer.
Toronto was without Kyle Lowry, who missed his fourth straight game due to lower back pain. "We always have in the past, so we'll see".
Five months later, DeRozan said he hadn't thought much about the matchup against his former team. He did, however, say he'll likely feel different on February 22 when he finally returns to Toronto, where DeRozan played the first nine years of his career before the July trade. But the final chapter of his nine-year career as a Raptor certainly didn't play out as he would have scripted. "One of my all-time favourite point guards I ever played with, toughest competitor I ever played with, so I wish. he was able to be out there".