Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers are poised to upset the NBA’s power structure.
Along with new teammate Paul George, Leonard is looking to take the Clippers to the next level to compete for a championship.
The biggest free agency signing and trade of the summer belonged to the “other” team in Los Angeles.
The signing of Leonard and subsequent acquisition of George almost didn’t happen, according to head coach Doc Rivers.
Rivers told the Los Angeles Times in an interview just how close the Clippers were to losing Leonard and him potentially signing with the Lakers and that,
“We cannot allow that to happen!”
Additionally, according to Rivers, Leonard told him and owner Steve Ballmer,
“He [Leonard] said, ‘I want to play for you,’ and he pointed at me. He said, ‘Mr. Ballmer, I love the things you do and what you stand for, but your team is not good enough and if you don’t change your team, I’m not coming.’ ”
That statement by Leonard spurred the Clippers into action to acquire George in a historic blockbuster trade.
Now it is up to George, and now two-time NBA champion Leonard to build upon the culture laid by Rivers to dethrone the Lakers.
Let the Battle of LA commence.
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