HoopsHype Kawhi Leonard rumors

August 20, 2014 Updates

Which player would make the best stand-up comedian? Matt Bonner: I think it would be really funny to see Kawhi Leonard do stand-up comedy. Just because he’s probably the last person anybody would expect to get up on the mic. It’d be really funny a) to see what he’d come up with, and b) to see how uncomfortable he might be up there. I’d pay to see that. SportsNet

August 18, 2014 Updates

It sat in the living room of the San Diego condominium he rents during the offseason while the Spurs staffer who chaperones the trophy around the world lounged at a UTC hotel pool … while Leonard was at his three-a-day workouts. “I didn’t have any time to do anything with it,” Leonard explained. “My workout schedule is crazy.” UTSanDiego

August 6, 2014 Updates

Just yesterday we checked in with Michael Jordan at his eponymous basketball camp, where we saw that he still has a sweet shooting stroke. Well, today video has emerged of MJ at that same camp, teaming up with a camper and playing a two-on-two game of hot shot against another camper and his partner, gulp, NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. It really gets going around the four-minute mark… NBA.com

July 23, 2014 Updates
July 22, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball Association warned a touring group of its stars that they could face financial fines for participating in clinics in Manila, Philippines, that include short scrimmages and games of "H-O-R-S-E," league sources told Yahoo Sports. Several NBA stars, including Blake Griffin, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Damian Lillard, were scheduled to participate in promotional appearances in Manila this week, and the NBA has told its Players Association that the event organizers failed to gain league approval, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

July 17, 2014 Updates
July 16, 2014 Updates

Kawhi Leonard withdrew from consideration for the U.S. basketball team's roster for the FIFA World Cup, saying he's learned that he needs to take a break after watching the struggles of Spurs teammates Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili during the regular season after they played through last summer for their national teams. ESPN.com

July 14, 2014 Updates

It appears Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, the 2014 NBA Finals MVP, has withdrawn from the Team USA training camp at which the team that will represent the United States in the FIBA World Cup tournament will be selected. Sources familiar with USA Basketball’s plans for the camp, scheduled to begin in Las Vegas on July 28, said the Spurs forward has not yet given a firm commitment to participate in the camp and may be pulling out. USA Basketball is to issue a press release on Monday about the players who will be at the camp. San Antonio Express-News

June 20, 2014 Updates
June 19, 2014 Updates

Moments after the San Antonio Spurs came off the barges at the Riverwalk, from their championship parade Wednesday, Spurs center Tiago Splitter and NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard spoke with the media. In Splitter and Leonard’s media sessions, both players confirmed to Project Spurs, they plan on representing their countries in FIBA play this summer. “Yes, I will,” confirmed Splitter of playing for Brazil at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain this August. “Yeah, that’s the plan,” said Leonard of trying to make the roster for Team USA in Las Vegas this summer. “Right now, I’m just going to rest and take it slow. But when that time comes, I’ll be ready.” ProjectSpurs.com

Fans screamed "Go Spurs Go!" in unison at the slightest glimpse of a San Antonio Spurs player or coach floating down the River Walk. It was reminiscent of last season when the Spurs walked off their team charter to those chants, except the tone Wednesday night was much sweeter. The victory parade for Spurs' fifth NBA title was part celebration and part exorcism. "It is soaking in, but I'm still going to live it up for about the whole summer," NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard said. "(I haven't slept) very much. I've been trying to live the moment. It's been hard to sleep still. Thought I would get some sleep after we won the Finals, but I'm still celebrating. Go Spurs Go! San Antonio!" ESPN.com

June 17, 2014 Updates

But he knows "what's next" is already here, starting with the possibility of a contract extension this summer. If the Spurs and Leonard don't reach a deal on an extension between July 1 and Oct. 31, Leonard could be a restricted free agent after 2014-15. "I'm just playing," Leonard said. "The Spurs are a great organization. I'm leaving that to my agent, and I'm sure they'll come out with a great understanding and a deal. I'm not focused on that at all." USA Today Sports

June 16, 2014 Updates

Leonard has been touted because of his NBA Finals performance, which featured one of the all-time turnaround. Leonard scored nine points each in Games 1 and 2, only to go on to produce 23.7 points over the final three games and end the series with averages of 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds. OKC Thunder star Kevin Durant saw that performance as more of a system-based result, and he said as much in a casual Twitter debate. Sporting News

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