I guess you could say we saved the best until the end, as Los Angeles Clippers player Kawhi Leonard previewed.
There are a lot of intangibles to being a star player, and while the 31-year-old isn’t exactly the prototype, he has a lot of mystical qualities that make him stand out. As a guy who doesn’t get too excited often, Kawhi’s excitement with his first shot in 14 months via Clipper Nation was something to watch. This ability to capture the imagination of many is one of those many indefinable qualities that he and other stars possess.
Now it’s time for the next chapter in his career. It’s no stranger to him recovering from a major injury, as in his final days at the San Antonio Spurs, but this time there’s a greater sense of anticipation. That was evident from the moment he climbed to third last week, but he’ll be in heat when he steps on the floor at The Crypt against the Los Angeles Lakers on opening night.
What is the best screenplay for Leonard’s season?
The season in which he maintains his full health and returns to his fullest will be what Clippers fans have dreamed of. Bubble season aside, we’ve so far been robbed of seeing our star able to go through the entire campaign, and it’s time we just see what that brings. This band boasts more experience and depth than the Toronto Raptors who helped him reach the Holy Grail, so the sky is the limit if he can get close to those heights.
What is the worst result?
Another injury could seriously overshadow the remainder of Leonard’s career, with years remaining on his contract. You could probably point to Klay Thompson’s run with the Golden State Warriors last season to suggest he’s still been able to recover, but very few people really know what Klay’s true level is these days, and he certainly seems to have fallen back from the heights he’s been on. She was able to reach. As the Clippers’ favorite, another long absence would be a disaster for Kouhai and the franchise as a whole.
What do you think is the most likely role for Leonard?
It looks like Leonard is set for a huge season. It might be the good PR from his teammates that got me convinced he’s in the best shape of his life, but if there was anyone I trust it would be those people closest to the source and know what that level of greatness looks like. The idea of Kouhi returning to the height of his power should give nightmares to fans across the league and if he can click with the team this season, it may really be time to celebrate on this side of LA.
All of this is possible as long as he stays healthy, and there is no reason to believe that he and the Clippers wouldn’t manage it so carefully to limit it while giving him the best chance of success again.