Kevin Durant credited Kawhi Leonard’s success to Spurs’ system back in 2014
There was a time when Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant wasn’t that impressed with Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard. Back in 2014, KD believed that Paul George was a better player, despite the fact that The Klaw just won his first ever championship and Finals MVP honors after leading the San Antonio Spurs past the Miami Heat.
— Up The Thunder (@UpTheThunder) June 16, 2014
Durant has been known to clap back at fans whenever he disagrees with their opinions. Back then, he was still playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder, who lost to the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.
In 2014, Leonard did not shine until the Finals, where he dominated the Heat on the offensive end while shutting down superstar LeBron James with his tenacious defense. Still, he was a part of a veteran Spurs team that still got significant production from its three Hall of Famers; Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili.
However, that was the year when Kawhi put the league on notice, that it was time for him to take over the reins in San Antonio. He immediately became the best player on that team for two years before suffering the quad injury that would sideline him for most of the 2017-18 season.
It was also the beginning of the end between him and the Spurs.
Leonard was then traded to the Raptors last year, and he immediately led the team to the Finals against Durant’s Warriors this season. He is singlehandedly dismantling the two-time champions on both ends of the floor.
Maybe it is Leonard’s way to say that KD was wrong about his initial perception of him.
And what a way to send a message.
The Raptors lead the Finals series 3-1 and could finish off the Warriors later tonight.