Begging Kawhi Is The Latest Strategy

Well this much is true. Kawhi Leonard can’t be swayed with emotion and pleas and doors closed and voices raised. The transactional persuasions on behalf of the San Antonio Spurs were futile and time wasted. Urgently, because what other hand is there left to play, the Spurs tried their best emotive version of a basketball…

Kawhi: Sooner Rather Than Later

It feels like a lifetime ago when ESPN released their pre-season annual ranking of players. In September of 2017,  Kawhi Leonard was ranked third behind LeBron James and Kevin Durant. In describing Leonard ESPN remarked, “Only three players-Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant- have averaged 25 PPG and been named first-team All-Defense at a…

More Valuable: Kawhi or Draymond?

Three years ago, Kawhi Leonard beat out Draymond Green to win Defensive Player of the Year. But Draymond Green won the NBA championship.  In 2015-16, Kawhi Leonard won Defensive Player of the Year again. But history didn’t repeat itself. Draymond Green lost the NBA championship.  Last June, Dray pulled off the doube-double: a title and…

The Larry Bird What-If: Kawhi Leonard Not Traded

Larry Bird has had some significant, if not magical, moments in the front office of the Indiana Pacers and his retirement from the Pacers presidency is the end of an era. He built a contending team that went to back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals, dramatic matchups with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. He drafted…

Kawhi Leonard MVP? Yes

“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required…” (Luke 12:48) The best player in the NBA not named LeBron James has been given a lot. On draft night, he was traded from the Indiana Pacers to the San Antonio Spurs with very few questioning why. But that in itself was…

Kawhi Leonard or Paul George?

The 2011 NBA Draft planted the seeds for two of the most dynamic wings in the NBA to play alongside each other in Indiana. Within hours those seeds found new soil in the infamous George Hill for Kawhi Leonard trade that gave San Antonio a successor to their Big 3, and Indiana a significant upgrade…

Add Kawhi Leonard to MVP List

After signing his max deal the summer of 2015, Kawhi Leonard, perhaps the quietest great player in the NBA, shocked just about everyone when he admitted his individual goals for the season were becoming an All-Star and winning the Most Valuable Player award. The timing of his declaration, early July, felt somewhat awkward and uncharacteristically…

The Spurs We Know, The Spurs We Don’t Know

Twice this year the Spurs have gotten obsessive attention from the national media. On opening night they beat the Warriors and everyone was hailing the Spurs as a dominant team who can manhandle the pretty Warriors any time they want. Their next media spotlight was just a few day ago when they retired Tim Duncan’s…

The Better Two-Way Player: Kawhi Leonard or Klay Thompson

During the 2016 Finals, ESPN’s Mark Jackson asserted that Klay Thompson is the best two-way player in the NBA.  Jackson has a history of making bold statements which incite serious debate, like when he called Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson the greatest shooting backcourt in league history.  But was his latest assertion about Klay Thompson…