HoopsHype Kawhi Leonard rumors

June 15, 2014 Updates
June 14, 2014 Updates

Hill (drafted 26th in 2008 by the Spurs) spent his first three seasons in San Antonio and carved out a significant role. He played well enough that he was seen as a possible replacement for Parker, yet then found himself serving a much different purpose when he netted the Spurs this two-way terror from San Diego State in Leonard. As Buford shared, there was serious concern that stemmed from Popovich on down. "It felt like we were going to get our ass chewed because we just traded the coach's favorite player," Buford said with a laugh. "Tim, Tony and Manu, those guys had a really strong alignment with George. They'd been through a lot together, and there was concern for them, not only that they were losing a great friend but also a great teammate. So the trust that that group allowed us to make that move — because we don't do that without including them. That trust was vital to them saying, 'OK, we don't like this, but we'll frickin' see.' " USA Today Sports

June 12, 2014 Updates

Whenever Engelland works with a player, it starts with a conversation: How comfortable do you feel with your mechanics? Are there areas where you think you can improve? Where do you need help? “It’s hard,” Engelland said. “To improve and change mechanics that you’ve had for 18, 19, 20 years? It takes times to rewire those things.” Leonard was an easy sell, Engelland said. The Spurs acquired him in June 2011, and Engelland already knew from scouting him that his release point could use some refinement. Leonard had a tendency to bring the ball too far behind his head, and it reminded Engelland of the way Richard Jefferson shot the ball when he came to the Spurs in 2009. After working with Engelland for a season, and reconfiguring his release point, Jefferson shot a career-best 44 percent from 3-point range during the 2010-11 season. New York Times

June 11, 2014 Updates

Jeff McDonald: Why didn't Kawhi Leonard make an appearance on the interview podium after last night's game? He begged off. Leonard: "I already had did like four different interviews. I didn’t want to get asked the same questions for the fifth time." Twitter @JMcDonald_SAEN

Quixem Ramirez: Kawhi says it's difficult to talk on this team since some players are 10 years older than him. He prefers to talk to the younger players. Kawhi: "I'm more talkative with the younger guys. These guys have wives and families, I didn't want to bother them when I first came. I talk more now as I've got more comfortable with everybody." Twitter @quixem

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