He came. He balled. He conquered. And now... he gone.
In a jaw-dropping turn of events, Kawhi Leonard has opted to return home to Los Angeles and play for... the Clippers!
Andreas was still asleep (Happy Birthday buddy!), but Jason and I could not wait to discuss what this means to all parties involved.
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Kawhi Leonard is a Toronto Raptor. The simple sentence went viral upon it’s first tweet (shouts to Chris Walder) and was an oft revisited phrase throughout last season. It came and it went before its first anniversary. In the (almost) year since acquiring The Klaw, the Raptors captured their first NBA Championship.
Think about that.
A year ago, today, the Raptors took care of their biggest off-season concern (at the time) by re-signing Fred VanVleet to a two-year contract. A year later, Toronto are World Champions, Pascal Siakam has made the leap to stardom, Marc Gasol is the other floor general this team has needed, and “Playoff Lowry” has an entirely new meaning. On top of fielding a playoff-tested team that is fully equipped to handle an Eastern Conference filled with (hot take) weaker top-heavy teams, Toronto also has clean books after next season — primed for the Giannis Antetokounmpo push!
Everything is fine.
Yes, the feeling sucks. The Raptors are no longer title contenders. But this is no time to hang your head and call for a rebuild. Trust in Masai. Trust in your defending champion Toronto Raptors!