Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard supplied remarks on Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers getting fined for tampering.
Leonard saved his solutions quick when requested by The New York Submitâ€™s Marc Berman concerning the matter. He mentioned he had no concept that Rivers was penalized by the league. When the incident was defined to him intimately, he simply mentioned,
â€œWouldnâ€™t you are feeling dangerous he obtained fined due to that?â€™â€™
Leonard is about to turn out to be a free agent after the Raptorsâ€™ Finals run, and in response to quite a few rumors, the Clippers are the front-runners to signal him this summer season. Nonetheless, there are different stories that say if Kawhi wins a title with the staff, he can be keen to signal a short-term cope with them.
Rivers was a visitor on ESPNâ€™s NBA Finals preview present, the place he extremely praised Leonardâ€™s sport, going so far as saying that heâ€™s the closest factor to Michael Jordan he has ever seen.
â€œHe’s probably the most like [Michael] Jordan that weâ€™ve seen. Like, thereâ€™s a variety of nice gamers. LeBron [James] is phenomenal. KD [Kevin Durant] is phenomenal. However not that he’s Jordan or something like that, however he’s probably the most like him. Massive palms. Submit sport. Can end. Nice leaper. Nice defender. In-between sport. In case you beat him to the spot, bumps you off. Then you definitely add his 3-point capturing.â€
NBA commissioner Adam Silver discovered these feedback by Rivers as exaggerated, which resulted within the choice to tremendous him $50,000.
â€œI perceive the competing pursuits of the media listening to a coachâ€™s view a few present NBA participant, however itâ€™s one thing that thereâ€™s a brilliant line on this league and also youâ€™re not allowed to do it. Coaches or staff executives in these positions must say Iâ€™m not permitted by the league to answer that query. Itâ€™s a stability of pursuits, I perceive that, however he sadly crossed a brilliant line.â€
Leonard has saved his mouth shut concerning his free company plans all season. He made it clear that his focus is on serving to the Raptors win a championship. They already took Recreation 1 of the best-of-seven Finals sequence towards the Warriors final Thursday and can goal to go up two video games to none in Recreation 2 Sunday night time.