Clay also makes the point that it's not fair to fans, who invest their hard earned money to get tickets to these popular showdowns, like we saw last night in LA, as Giannis Antetokounmpo, last year's MVP, came to LA to take on the reigning Finals MVP in Kawhi Leonard.
Twice this season, Leonard has sat out the first game of a back-to-back set, the previous time coming in a Clippers loss at Utah in what was also a nationally televised game on October 30.
"It's a former team that I won a championship with, but it's [like] any other game. It's going to be fun to see the guys again and congratulate them and be able to shake hands and compete", Leonard said via TSN's Josh Lewenberg.
Kawhi Leonard's lone season with the Toronto Raptors couldn't have gone better on the court, and it also seems to have been a slam dunk away from the hardwood.
Leonard did not play October 30 against Utah, in a game broadcast on ESPN, and misseds the ESPN matchup against Milwaukee on Wednesday at Staples Center.
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However, the Los Angeles Clippers superstar denied holding any animosity toward the Raptors immediately after the deal.
Leonard was California dreaming all along and doesn't regret his decision to go home.
"I'm able to see my family after the games".
Leonard says it's been "shocking" how many Canadians he has run into while in Southern California and that they often thank him for helping deliver Canada its first National Basketball Association title. "So everything's been good". Before Anunoby missed the majority of the playoffs due to an appendectomy, Leonard was standing in the way of the 3-and-D specialist receiving playing time. "Also the country. The city was wonderful".
Rivers told reporters Thursday that he was done talking about Leonard's health, adding sarcastically that he "loved getting fined". Him being the No. 1 option there is great for him.