Tag: KAWHI LEONARD

New Balance Showed Off A Preview Of Kawhi Leonard’s Latest Signature Shoe

New Balance   Kawhi Leonard is embracing his time in Toronto, but the NBA All-Star will show off his latest signature shoe in Charlotte this weekend. Leonard has hooked up with New Balance to create a brand new basketball shoe, the OMN1S. New Balance showed off a sneak preview of the show and a whopping […]

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The Supermax Hasn’t Failed, It Was Just Never The Solution For Small Market Teams

Getty Image For the third consecutive year, a superstar player has issued a trade request after making it clear he would not re-sign with his current team. Anthony Davis follows in the footsteps of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, with both he and Leonard passing on the vaunted “supermax” extension for the opportunity to have […]

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MVP Watch: Familiar Faces And Bright-Eyed Newcomers Make Their Debut In Our Midseason Rankings

Getty Image As we approach the midway mark of the regular season, it’s time to take inventory of the players who have wowed and amazed us, and in the process put their teams in position to contend for a championship (at least theoretically speaking, in some cases). Yes, it’s time for our MVP Watch now […]

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The Bucks Used Kawhi Leonard’s Laugh To Celebrate A Raptors Turnover

Kawhi Leonard isn’t exactly known for being an open book. The Toronto Raptors star is a pretty quiet guy who shies away from the spotlight, and even on the court, he’s never been someone who shows a ton of emotion. That’s why when Leonard laughed at his introductory press conference with the Raptors, everyone was […]

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Kawhi Leonard’s Mom Shut Down A Heckler During Her Son’s Return To San Antonio

Getty Image Kawhi Leonard made his return to San Antonio Thursday night for the first time as a Toronto Raptor, and it did not go particularly well. Leonard was heartily booed any time he touched the ball — whether it was before the game, during introductions, or after the ball was tipped — with fans […]

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Kawhi Leonard And The Strange Phenomenon Of NBA Stars Getting Booed For Requesting A Trade

Getty Image Fandom is a funny thing. Sports are one of the few places on earth where people legitimately have no idea what is going to happen on a given night. They’re the one subject in which we’re allowed to turn off most of the more rational parts of our brains and let loose. The […]

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The Spurs Paid Tribute To Kawhi Leonard And Danny Green With A Pre-Game Video

San Antonio Spurs The San Antonio Spurs played host to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday evening and, with a battle between two playoff-caliber teams, there would have been interest under the most normal of circumstances. However, the contest marked the return of both Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to San Antonio for the first time […]

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Spurs Fans Let Kawhi Leonard Hear It In His Return To San Antonio

Getty Image For a player who is known for his ultra-quiet demeanor, Kawhi Leonard’s departure from San Antonio was rather controversial. The All-NBA forward missed all but nine games last season due to an injury and made it clear that he did not see a long-term future with the Spurs, which led to his trade […]

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Kawhi Leonard Set A New Career High In A Dominant Performance Against The Jazz

Getty Image Because Kawhi Leonard has only appeared in 30 of his team’s 39 games this season, the Toronto Raptors star isn’t often mentioned in discussions centering on the NBA MVP chase. Still, the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year is enjoying a very impressive season in Toronto and, on Tuesday, Leonard put together […]

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Reminiscing On The Weirdest Things That Happened In The NBA In 2018

Getty Image “Come for the basketball. Stay for the randomness.” That’s my proposal for the NBA’s new official slogan. So much of what’s fun about the league today has little to do with what happens on the court — it’s the quirks and idiosyncrasies that enamor us the most, the stuff that makes us human, […]

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Raptors Coach Nick Nurse Believes Kawhi Leonard Is Close To Playing In Back-To-Backs

Getty Image Kawhi Leonard has settled into life nicely in Toronto, as the All-Star forward hasn’t shown any lingering effects from the pesky quadriceps injury that cost him all but nine games last season. The Raptors, meanwhile, look like a legitimate NBA title contender. The final stage of his recovery is that Leonard hasn’t played […]

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Nick Nurse Earned A $15,000 Fine For Criticizing Officials’ Treatment Of Kawhi Leonard

Getty Image There’s a certain contingent around the league that believes superstar players get preferential treatment from the officials, that they aren’t called for traveling violations or that the whistle tends to go their way when it comes to drawing fouls, those sorts of things. But then there is a whole other set of superstars […]

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Kawhi Leonard Doesn’t Listen To Raptors Rumors And Isn’t Interested In Talking About Christmas Right Now

Getty Image Kawhi Leonard is a different breed of cat. He’s known for being a rather mellow, reserved and, in the eyes of some, emotionless person, which is something that has its benefits on the basketball court. He’s a stone cold killer on both ends of the floor, the kind of guy who will take […]

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Kyle Lowry Says He ‘Felt Betrayed’ Over The Kawhi Leonard Trade Because That’s How DeMar DeRozan Felt

Getty Image The Toronto Raptors look like the undisputed winners of the trade that centered around Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan switching teams. DeRozan and the San Antonio Spurs have struggled this year, especially on the defensive end of the floor, while the Raptors are flying high, boasting a 20-5 record that sits atop the […]

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Kevin Durant’s Monster Night Was For Naught As The Raptors Took Down The Warriors

Getty Image If we get seven NBA Finals games similar to the matchup that happened on Thursday night between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors, basketball fans will be in for a treat. The best team in the Eastern Conference and the favorites to come out of the Western Conference squared off in […]

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Kawhi Leonard Responded To Gregg Popovich Leadership Comments: ‘It’s Funny To Me’

Getty Image Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs had a very awkward ending to their time together. The now-Raptors star sat out pretty much all of last season with a quad injury. How that injury was handled led to a lot of tension between he and the Spurs organization. Eventually, Leonard requested a trade from the […]

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Gregg Popovich Praised Kawhi Leonard’s Talent, But Says He ‘Wasn’t A Leader Or Anything’

Getty Image The San Antonio Spurs have gotten off to a relatively slow start in the post-Kawhi Leonard era. While the team’s 9-9 record is nothing to scoff at by any stretch of the imagination, with how loaded the Western Conference is this season, a .500 mark is good for 11th. It’s still early, and […]

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Kyrie Irving Was Brilliant As The Celtics Took Down Toronto In An Overtime Thriller

Getty Image A prime time showdown between two of the East’s top teams didn’t disappoint on Friday night, as the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors gave us an OT barn-burner at T.D. Garden. Kyrie Irving put together a masterpiece, by far his best performance of the season as he led the way with 43 points […]

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Either Stop Calling Someone A ‘Two-Way’ Player Or Start Using It Accurately

Getty Image NBA players are evaluated with more specificity than ever before. The basketball media, on the whole, has a firmer grasp on the overall impact of players, stemming from things like statistical analysis and more advanced video scouting. Front offices are more sophisticated than ever, with off-the-charts research teams digging into the sport in […]

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