Kawhi Leonard's Face is Quickly Vanishing in San Antonio

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It didn't even take 24 hours for the paint brushes to come out at Countdown City Cuts, where a crew has already started to paint over a mural of former Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.

It was only last year that the ornate painting dubbed "The Klaw" was finished on the side of the Southside barbershop.  It was an homage to the man who was dubbed the next face of the franchise.  But after his trade Wednesday to the Toronto Raptors, there is no love lost.

"It's pretty good for us.  Not good for him, but good for us," barber Sam Mireles says of the trade.

Fellow barber Oscar Herrera praised the Spurs for pulling off the deal, which brings fellow all-star DeMar DeRosen to San Antonio.

"I think Pop got the best that we could, because (Leonard) was not going to stay.  He was going to Los Angeles.  So, we'll see what happens," he said of Coach Gregg Popovich.

Popovich took the high road, Wednesday, heaping praise upon Leonard.

"Kawhi conducted himself wonderfully while he was here. He helped us win a 5th championship. We wish him well. But at this point, it's time to move on," he told reporters.

Leonard will soon be starting his new life in Toronto, which is a far cry from where he grew up in California.  The beach has been replaced by a frozen lake.  San Antonio's breakfast tacos have been replaced by Tim Horton's coffee

.That's just about right, says Mireles.

"I kind of wanted him to go somewhere where he didn’t want to be because, hey, sometimes life is not fair, you know?"

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