Former Spurs player Bruce Bowen called out Kawhi Leonard in a national radio appearance this week, saying the forward is "getting bad advice."
Bowen, a defensive specialist who won three NBA championships with the Spurs, harshly criticized Leonard for his attitude. Leonard played only nine games last season, as he dealt with quadriceps tendinopathy.
Bowen, a game analyst on Los Angeles Clippers broadcasts, told the show Leonard has "nothing but excuses going on."
"First, it was, 'Well I was misdiagnosed,'" Bowen said (via ESPN). "Look here: You got $18 million this year, and you think that they're trying to rush you? You didn't play for the most part a full season this year. And you're the go-to guy, you're the franchise and you want to say that they didn't have your best interest at heart? Are you kidding me?"
Bowen criticized Leonard for not being more open about his future status in San Antonio, especially in the wake of reports he wants to be traded.
"I think he's getting bad advice," Bowen said. "I think what you're starting to see now is an individual given a certain amount of advice, and it's not the right advice. Here it is: You were protected in San Antonio. You were able to come up during a time where you still could lean on Tim [Duncan] Tony [Parker] and Manu [Ginobili].
"Not one time has Kawhi come out and said anything to the effect of, 'You know what, hey, I really enjoy being in San Antonio.' Or, 'I can't stand what's going on here in San Antonio.' Not one time has he said anything."
Bowen played eight of his 14 NBA seasons with the Spurs, making the NBA All-Defensive First Team five times.