Clippers star Kawhi Leonard reflects on his time in Toronto
According to the reigning Finals MVP, Leonard always possessed a positive outlook about the organization and the city of Toronto:
“I never went in with a negative mindset,” Leonard said, via Eric Koreen of The Athletic. “Playing with Cory Joseph in San Antonio, him being from that area in Toronto, I knew what the city kind of brought, just going out there and playing games, hanging out with him and his friends and him taking me and showing me the city. I always felt positive with the trade and the front office. I knew it was great already with Masai (Ujiri) being in there. So it was never a negative thing, always open-minded about it.”
It’s hard to argue against Leonard’s statement here, especially considering the fact that he parted ways with the Raptors on extremely cordial terms. There is no bad blood between him and the franchise or the city, and no jerseys were burned when he announced his decision to move to Los Angeles in the summer.
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers echoed Leonard’s sentiments:
“It’s not like he left (on) bad terms, really,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “It’s one of those leave-good situations, not one of those leave-awful situations. And let’s be honest: In our league, it’s usually the other way. He’s had the benefit, the rare benefit, of being able to leave in a happy state. That’s rare. Has it happened? If it (has), it’s rare.”
We see no lies here, and Kawhi’s departure from Toronto did seem somewhat of a fairy-tale ending. Oh, and leaving the city with their first ever NBA title surely helped a little bit, right?