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Forty-five minutes later, as players from both teams begin to join him on the court for pre-game workouts, Leonard is finished. It’s a refrain played over and over throughout the course of a long NBA season. “There’s a misnomer going around that Meyers doesn’t work hard,” says Kim Hughes, the assistant coach who spends the most time with Leonard. “He puts in as much time as anybody.” Portland Tribune

“I’ve shut down social media for a reason,” he says. Before he did that, “I heard it all (on Twitter). I’ve heard, ‘F you, I hope you tear your ACL.’ I’ve heard, ‘You’re a bust.’ That’s the reason I don’t look at that stuff anymore, and I probably won’t during a season. It’s just not worth it. I don’t ever listen to that stuff or buy into it, because mentally I have to stay locked in and confident in myself, or that will just kill me.” Leonard deleted the Twitter app on his phone and says he doesn’t get on his computer to see what’s out there. “I don’t read any more articles, either,” he says. “I don’t listen to talk radio. You should never get too high or too low. Social media and people talking about you will do it.” Portland Tribune

Leonard doesn’t want to sound as if he has a thin skin. He admits, though, that he resents some of the implications of his critics. “It’s only been two years (in the NBA),” he says. “I really only played one year of college. I played some as a rookie but very little this year. What do people really know about me? “It’s tough to really say what I want to say, because I still respect people’s opinion and what they have to say. But they don’t know me. They don’t where I come from. They don’t know what I’ve been through. They have no idea how hard this game is. I just want to remain confident, and in a good way, prove those people wrong.” Portland Tribune

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Even during a down year last season, Howard feasted against the Blazers, and Leonard made it clear that he feels the Rockets' All-Star center has taken his game to another level. "You can tell he's worked on his post game," Leonard told Blazersedge. "He scored with both hands around the rim, sweep through to the basket. Grabbing offensive rebounds and dunking comes very easy to him. His presence in the paint, to be able to rebound and block shots, is pretty significant." Blazers Edge

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