Other than people associated with the San Antonio Spurs and just maybe a few with the Toronto Raptors, you’d be hard-pressed to find anybody who has an issue with Kawhi Leonard and how he goes about his business.
The Los Angeles Clippers superstar seriously just wants to play ball. That seems to be a problem for at least one GM.
In a recent article by Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report, an anonymous general manager had some harsh criticism of Leonard. “Kawhi is great getting his, but he doesn’t elevate anyone,” they said. “He doesn’t rally his team.”
Other GM’s were complimentary of Kawhi, all while acknowledging that he isn’t the vocal leader that other players have proven themselves to be. “He does have leadership qualities,” one executive said.“It depends on how you define ‘leader.’ He’s obviously not vocal, and he’s not a galvanizer. He does it with his work ethic and by example.”
After winning a title with the Toronto Raptors for the first time in their franchise’s history, Kawhi will now try to do the same with Los Angeles Clippers after signing a three-year, $103 million deal this off-season.