Richard Jefferson reveals the differences between Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James
Jefferson, who won a championship with LeBron on the Cleveland Cavaliers, says Leonard and James are wired differently personality-wise, but that both stars just want to win at the end of the day:
“Kawhi is not wired to overthink any situation,” Jefferson told Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report. “He’s very RoboCop, robotic. These are compliments. I’ve seen him with a block for a game-winner, hit a game-winning jump shot, and he walks off. There’s no yelling. No excitement. That’s just his personality. His heart rate never goes up or down. He has shown emotion, but emotion is not a part of his game.
“Emotion is very much a part of LeBron’s game. He has apologized in film sessions for his body language before. He’s an emotional person.
“LeBron is going to be talking everything out, mentally trying to beat you, getting 10, 12 assists and making everybody else better. Kawhi puts his head down and says, ‘My job is to defend, to defend all things, and then go score.’ He does those two things as well as anyone has done them in the game of basketball, where LeBron tries to do five things very, very well.”
When Leonard requested a trade from the San Antonio Spurs, there were reports which said Kawhi might not be enamored playing for the Los Angeles Lakers since LeBron was there.
Leonard is a low-maintenance guy and wants to stay away from the media hoopla that comes with playing on a James-led team.
Leonard and James are now rivals in Los Angeles. Basketball fans want to see the two Finals MVPs face off in the Western Conference Finals. There’s a strong possibility that it happens.