Kawhi Leonard grateful to have made history with the Raptors, talks free agency | 2019 NBA Finals

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2019 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard joins Scott Van Pelt to talk about the Toronto Raptors' win vs. the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals. He reflects on making history as he and his teammates bring the trophy back to Toronto, Canada for the first time in franchise history. He shares the advice he gives to his teammates, specifically in regards to the media attention that comes along with becoming a successful team, but he makes sure to stay humble when talking about his previous experience in the NBA Finals with the San Antonio Spurs and earning the 2014 NBA Finals MVP honors. Leonard is proud of the team that the Raptors have become, with "no one butting heads" to distract from the work on the hardwood and smiles as he talks about what it means to him to bring a trophy back to Jurassic Park and the fans in Toronto. He lastly touches upon free agency, saying he's taking it day-to-day and will take some time to enjoy the victory.

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Comments

laes38 says:

Hadn't seen this until now. Really great interview with Kawhi. He's so smart & just a really great guy. Raptors were lucky to have him. Thanks Kawhi!

CoolsBreeze says:

He came to Toronto and did his job and once his job was done he went home. It was all business to him. Does he deserve praise from rap fans? Of course. He came and did something insanely special. But a jersey to be retired? No. That honour belongs to people that love the city and the organization and give their heart and soul.

Wesley Uy says:

This is the same guy who said, together with Stephen A. that the Raptors were done against the Bucks. So fucking wrong.

siggi zippan says:

What about the city of Toronto? The acceptance of the people of the city of Toronto. He does not know say it. Because he does only about himself but he never said anything about the Raptors. Kahwi you should be ashamed of yourselves and I am not surprised as a Canadian that you escaped to the Clippers in Los Angeles. The Raptors know where are you going and Toronto does not play not in any of it. Because, you were always gunning for LA. Toronto, was only a stopover. And I am very disappointed in you as a Torontoian and Canadian. We brought you love, acceptance and you disappointed us.

Cam Moose says:

Kawhi is amazing. But he didn't win the title alone. For years now teams are 2/3 stack all stars just to contend.
Raptors were the complete well rounded team. Like back in the day.
That how they won. The game changed to this new school stack line up run gun team.
Having this all around built team like the raps corrupted the playoff.
The old school ball. Kawhi left becuase he had to over work in the playoff and he cant continue to play like this at this point of his health and career.
He didnt have faith TORONTO would develop enough or attract help to ez his game. Love Toronto love Kawhi love 2020 season to come

Bb Rr says:

I am a Raptors fan, I really apperciate what you did in Toronto, but believe it or not, you will regret that you left Toronto. I wish you all the best.

Real eyes No lies says:

“Something the raptors can build on” he knew he was leaving the whole time and deserves it he help the raptors get that ring he even was quoted that he said I was granted to go home hell yea he can go home he did his job he’s a champ and a raptor for life

phiferellis says:

Watching this in hindsight you can see he never was seriously going to stay in Toronto

N` chan says:

Should have known he wasnt coming back after this interview. "Something the raptors can build on" then corrected himself

Freezy DMX says:

Kawhi is the greatest ever after MJ. He is a legend, it was amazing enjoy and have fun.

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