Kawhi will not be playing for a second ring this year, he will be fishing instead as the Clippers lose to the Denver Nuggets. Do you think he should have stayed with Toronto?
There’s some schadenfreude coming from Toronto after the Clippers lost in the second round. The Raptors made it that far without Leonard.
I don’t know exactly what Leonard said. I can see how someone in Toronto would want to embarrass him and hype up the Raptors. The Raptors had an excellent season. They won 74% of their regular-season/seeding games, swept the Nets and pushed the Celtics to seven games. Toronto was capable of winning a championship.
With Leonard, the Raptors would’ve been a first-rate contender. Pascal Siakam made tremendous strides, but he was still in over his head as a go-to scorer. Leonard would have made a huge difference in that role.
Leonard obviously left Toronto for multiple reasons. He wanted to be in L.A. He liked other aspects of the Clippers organization. But to whatever degree he viewed the Raptors as a non-contender. I don’t think he’d ever admit regret publicly but I do wonder how he actually reflects on his decision last summer.