The mark that Kawhi Leonard left in his brief stint with the Raptors is undoubtedly one of the most indelible in franchise history. In just one season, the forward commanded the Canadians to the first and only ring of his career, automatically becoming the history of the franchise and hero of the fans, but it seems that in the dressing room this feeling was not so pure. This at least is what Kyle Lowry has commented, in whose recent statements he does not denote great sympathy for the Californian forward.
“Kawhi doesn’t like people because of the way they act. ”He assured in the podcast Pull Up, hosted by CJ McCollum. “He’s always like ‘give me the ball, I’ll solve this’, and even if you’re completely alone he tells you that this basket is his. However, in the end you understand that he is the best player on your team and you have to make sure that you have to take care of him ”.
“We give you the ball and you do your thing. And if we win, all is well. I never took it personally, my role just changed from last season and I had to drop my scoring a bit and raise my number of assists. I don’t care about these things. As long as we win, of course ”.
The truth is that, whether more or less liked by his teammates, this style of play has allowed Kawhi to be one of the most dominant players of his generation and win two rings on two different teams. The forward has always attracted attention for his attitude on the court, very calm and usually expressionless, which has led to his leadership role being questioned on occasion, although, as Lowry says, these things only happen when results do not accompany.
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