Clippers star Kawhi Leonard’s subtle shade at Mavs rival during Intuit Dome ceremony
Kawhi Leonard is well known for his quiet demeanor and cryptic attitude, both on and off the court. He was the same old Kawhi during the Los Angeles Clippers’ groundbreaking ceremony for their new arena, but his choice of apparel went off tangent from his usual brand.
Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard in a hoodie that said “Clip gang or don’t bang” on the front with a picture of Paul George and Marcus Morris flexing after Leonard’s playoff dunk on Mavericks’ Maxi Kleber on the back pic.twitter.com/2iEOjpJany
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) September 17, 2021
Kawhi wearing a sweater with a picture of the Clippers flexing on Maxi Kleber after Leonard's poster dunk 😳🌶
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 17, 2021
Clippers fans have probably seen this highlight a hundred times over. But it’s worth revisiting whenever it comes up. Right at the tail end of it was when Kawhi, Paul George, and Marcus Morris were captured flexing on the Mavs big man.
The Twitterverse was also quick to react to the Clippers star’s wardrobe shade.
damn Kawhi paying tribute to Kleber’s funeral https://t.co/QNveMx4KrF
— tyler (@ColdBucksOnly) September 17, 2021
— Lachie Angus (@Angus_Lachie) September 13, 2021
— Cinnabhad Pedro (@ChadPedro) September 17, 2021
When it comes to Kawhi Leonard, that’s the closest you’ll ever get to actual trash talk. Kleber was cut out of the clip, but the Clippers star must have known people would remember which play that was from.
The Clippers are set to move to their new arena, the Intuit Dome, in the 2024-25 season, finally separating from their city rival Los Angeles Lakers. Here’s to hoping Kawhi Leonard can make some new memories there that he can also wear on a future hoodie.