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Kawhi Leonard postpones Orlando trip due to ‘family matter’

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:02 AM

The LA Clippers say league star Kawhi Leonard will join the team in a few days

RESTART. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers look to go deep in the playoffs. Photo from NBA

Expect Kawhi, PG in 'phenomenal shape,' says Rivers

Apr 22, 2020 - 12:12 PM

LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers says Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will be in stellar form after the league suspension

DOUBLE TROUBLE. The break gives Paul George and Kawhi Leonard enough time to recuperate from injuries. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Kawhi powers Clippers rout of Rockets

Mar 06, 2020 - 1:33 PM

The Clippers pick up their sixth straight win as the smaller Rockets could not keep pace

BALANCED ATTACK. Kawhi Leonard leads 6 Clippers in double figures. Photo from Twitter/@LAClippers

Kawhi dedicates All-Star MVP to Kobe: 'This one's for him'

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:34 PM

Kawhi Leonard wins the first-ever Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP award after helping Team LeBron topple Team Giannis

MAIDEN. Kawhi Leonard captures his first NBA All-Star Game MVP plum. Photo from Instagram/@nba

Kawhi leads charge as Clippers cool off Heat

Jan 25, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Kawhi Leonard notches his first NBA career triple-double as the Clippers become only the second team this season to beat the Heat at home

THE KLAW. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers deal the Heat just their second home loss. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

Kawhi fires season-high 43, Giannis drops 37 in dominant NBA wins

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:28 PM

Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo shows no mercy, while Kawhi Leonard puts on a scoring show for the Clippers

SIZZLING. Kawhi Leonard tallies a season-high performance in just 3 quarters. Photo from NBA

Kawhi, PG power Clippers in romp over Mavericks

Nov 27, 2019 - 5:39 PM

'It's scary now. We're getting this thing rolling,' Paul George says of the Clippers

POWER PAIR. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard team up for 54 points for the Clippers. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Clippers win OT thriller over Celtics in Kawhi-PG show

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George team up for 42 points in their first Clippers game together

Kawhi's Clippers struggle to win over NBA champion Raptors

Nov 12, 2019 - 4:34 PM

Kawhi Leonard leads the Clippers over his former team defending champions Toronto Raptors

FAMILIAR FOE. Kawhi Leonard goes up against the Toronto Raptors, the team he led to an NBA championship. Photo by from NBA Twitter

Kawhi's late surge lifts Clippers past Blazers

Nov 08, 2019 - 8:08 PM

After getting fined for contradictory statements on Kawhi Leonard's fitness, the Clippers pull off a win behind their well-rested star

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 07: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers rebounds against Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

NBA docks Clippers $50,000 for Rivers' Kawhi injury comments

Nov 08, 2019 - 9:56 AM

The Clippers sit out Kawhi Leonard in a marquee clash due to injury but coach Doc Rivers issues a statement 'inconsistent' to the star's health status

PENALIZED. Clippers coach Doc Rivers gets into trouble for his post-game comments on Kawhi Leonard. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Kawhi to miss marquee clash with Giannis, Bucks

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:27 AM

Citing load management and injury, the Clippers sit out Kawhi Leonard against the Bucks in a contest touted as a possible NBA Finals preview

Fans won't see the early clash between Kawhi Leonard and reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Clippers on shock defeat to Suns: ‘We deserved to lose'

Oct 27, 2019 - 5:47 PM

'They were the Clippers, but we were pretty good,' says coach Monty Williams after his Suns' stunning win over the Kawhi Leonard-led squad

UPSET. The Clippers fall short even with Kawhi Leonard dropping 27 points. Photo from NBA

LeBron, Kawhi co-star in 'Battle for Los Angeles'

Oct 20, 2019 - 11:39 AM

The LA rivalry may be less about the Lakers vs the Clippers and more about LeBron James vs Kawhi Leonard

SHOWDOWN. The NBA unfolds with a blockbuster duel between Kawhi Leonard's Clippers and LeBron James’ Lakers. Photos by AFP

NBA general managers pick Clippers to win title in survey

Oct 18, 2019 - 2:39 PM

Just days before the new NBA season fires off, league executives expect Kawhi Leonard and the LA Clippers to win the crown

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Kawhi Leonard's sister charged with murder

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Kimesha Monae Williams, the older sister of NBA star Kawhi Leonard, has been arrested for robbing and killing an 84-year-old woman at a casino

Kawhi Leonard. Photo from NBA

NBA Christmas slate to feature Lakers-Clippers

Aug 03, 2019 - 9:58 AM

New Clippers star Kawhi Leonard, fresh off a title run with the Raptors, gets to face LeBron James’ retooled Lakers in the highly anticipated LA battle

FACE-OFF. The LeBron James-Kawhi Leonard showdown headlines the blockbuster holiday duels. Photos by Gregory Shamus and Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Kawhi hilariously thanks Raptors, Toronto

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:47 PM

Now a member of the Clippers, Kawhi Leonard looks back at everything the Raptors and the city of Toronto did for him

BOARD MAN. In arguably the most productive one-and-done season in the NBA, Kawhi Leonard leads the Raptors to their maiden title. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers

Jul 25, 2019 - 8:50 AM

'We're not looking at the Battle of LA. We've got bigger goals in mind,' Clippers’ Paul George on his Kawhi Leonard pairing versus the Lakers’ own powerhouse duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis

HOTSHOTS. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George get officially welcomed by the Clippers led by team owner Steve Ballmer (right), coach Doc Rivers (second from left) and president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank (left). Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

LOOK: Pacquiao gets 'Fun Guy' Kawhi to smile

Jul 21, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Kawhi Leonard simply just can't keep a straight face as he shares a photo with Manny Pacquiao

FUN GUY. Kawhi Leonard makes his offseason well-spent by watching a Manny Pacquiao fight. Photo from Twitter/@Raptors

LOOK: Kawhi still emotionless in intense Pacquiao-Thurman bout

Jul 21, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Even as a sports spectator, Kawhi Leonard manages to keep a straight face

FUN GUY. Kawhi Leonard enjoys a part of the offseason by watching the Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman bout. File photo from Twitter/@nbastats

Clippers officially sign Kawhi, finalize trade deal for George

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:23 AM

Both natives of Los Angeles, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George head home to turn the Clippers into a championship contender

BIG DEAL. Kawhi Leonard reportedly signs a three-year deal worth $103.1 million with the Clippers. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors coach Nurse 'can't blame' Kawhi for going home

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:39 AM

With Kawhi Leonard leaving for Clippers, Raptors coach Nick Nurse says they 'got to go kick his ass'

ONE AND DONE. Kawhi Leonard delivers an NBA title for Toronto and leaves to return home to Los Angeles. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

ANOTHER SUPER DUO: Clippers land Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

Jul 06, 2019 - 2:42 PM

The Clippers' Kawhi Leonard and Paul George now face another powerhouse Los Angeles combo in the Lakers' LeBron James and Anthony Davis

Kawhi still uncertain as free agency moves shake NBA landscape

Jul 02, 2019 - 9:34 AM

Two-time NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard continues to decide where he'll land for the upcoming season

WHERE TO? Kawhi Leonard weighs his options as top NBA 2019 free agents close deals. Photo from NBA Stats' Twitter account (@nbastats)

LOOK: Lakers fans put up #KaWhyNot billboards in Manila

Jul 01, 2019 - 7:31 PM

Filipino Lakers fans show how much they want to see Kawhi Leonard in the purple and gold

KAWHI FRENZY. Lakers fans set up a '#KaWhyNot' billboard along EDSA near Ortigas. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Durant, Kawhi talk about becoming NBA teammates

Jun 30, 2019 - 5:30 AM

Both two-time NBA Finals MVPs, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard may just end up playing together

POTENTIAL PARTNERS. Superstars Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant may form a powerhouse duo for the Knicks or the Clippers. Photo from NBA

Kawhi wants Magic-Buss Lakers chat in NBA talks

Jun 29, 2019 - 9:28 AM

Raptors star Kawhi Leonard reportedly only wants to meet with former Lakers executive Magic Johnson and team owner Jeanie Buss

FREE AGENT. Kawhi Leonard's next destination remains a guessing game. Photo by AFP

Raptors president Ujiri confident Kawhi will stay

Jun 26, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Even if Kawhi Leonard checks out the free agent market first, Raptors president Masai Ujiri believes the star forward will stay with the NBA champions

INTACT. The Raptors hope to bring Kawhi Leonard and the entire champion roster back. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Kawhi's postseason for the ages

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:56 AM

After his much publicized move from the Spurs to the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard proves yet again he’s one of the league’s best

SENSATIONAL. Kawhi Leonard powers the Raptors to the NBA championship right on his first year in Toronto. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Kawhi Leonard silences doubters with NBA title

Jun 14, 2019 - 6:00 PM

'The Klaw' powers the Raptors to their maiden NBA championship and captures his second Finals MVP plum in the process

DYNASTY KILLER. Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors stop the Golden State Warriors from winning a third straight NBA crown. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

Family tragedy taught Kawhi to enjoy life and hoops

Jun 13, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Since his father's murder, Kawhi Leonard has learned that life and basketball are 'two different things'

COMPOSED. With his trademark calm demeanor, Kawhi Leonard has helped the Raptors handle pressure situations. Photo from AFP

WATCH: Kawhi says failure to contain Warriors cost Raptors win

Jun 12, 2019 - 6:41 PM

The Raptors may have fallen short against the Warriors in their first try to secure the crown, but Kawhi Leonard believes 'we can win'

KING OF THE NORTH. Kawhi Leonard looks to bring the first NBA title for the Toronto Raptors. Photo from NBA Stats' Twitter account (@nbastats)

Cool-as-ice Kawhi sinks 'big-boy shots' as Raptors near title dream

Jun 08, 2019 - 2:31 PM

When the excitement of winning beckons, Kawhi Leonard's low-key attitude keeps the Raptors calm

BIG BUCKETS. Kawhi Leonard takes command in the Raptors’ second-half turnaround against the Warriors. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: 4 wins is 'all that matters' for low-key Kawhi

Jun 04, 2019 - 1:54 PM

'Until we win the game or it's all done, then I'll show some emotion,' says Raptors star Kawhi Leonard

GREAT PERSONALITY. Kawhi Leonard is someone who should be looked up to even according to Golden State's Draymond Green. Photo from Toronto Raptors' Twitter account (@Raptors)

WATCH: Kawhi says mighty Warriors still 'human'

Jun 02, 2019 - 8:46 PM

Leonards reminds the Raptors to remain composed as the Warriors are expected to come out with a bang in Game 2 of the NBA Finals

THE KLAW. Kawhi Leonard will be crucial as the Raptors look to gain a 2-0 lead over the Warriors in the NBA Finals. File photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Clippers fined over Kawhi Leonard 'tampering'

Jun 01, 2019 - 11:41 AM

The NBA slaps a $50,000 fine on the Los Angeles Clippers after coach Doc Rivers heaped praise on Toronto star Kawhi Leonard

'MOST LIKE JORDAN.' Clipper coach Doc Rivers compares Raptors star Kawhi Leonard to NBA legend Michael Jordan. File photo

Raptors hero Kawhi sinks first Game 7 buzzer-beater in NBA history

May 13, 2019 - 12:42 PM

'I got a fortuitous bounce,' says Kawhi Leonard. 'I just shot it as hard as I could'

LEGENDARY. Kawhi Leonard celebrates with the Raptors celebrates after sinking the series-clincher. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Clutch Kawhi carries Raptors over Blazers

Mar 02, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Kawhi Leonard caps his 38-point performance with a game-winner with just 1.5 seconds left

THRILLER. Kawhi Leonard leads the Raptors to a thrilling escape against the Trail Blazers. File photo

Kawhi steals the show as Raptors spoil DeRozan's homecoming

Feb 23, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Former Raptors star DeMar DeRozan gets a warm welcome in Toronto but Kawhi Leonard reminds them who's the new go-to guy

SWAPPED STARS. Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors get one up on DeMar DeRozan and the San Antonio Raptors. Photo from NBA Twitter

WATCH: Kyrie Irving on Team LeBron: ‘That’s a great 5’

Feb 09, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Kyrie Irving is impressed with All-Star captain LeBron James’ NBA All-Star picks

WATCH: Raptors rest Kawhi, still down Kings by 15

Jan 23, 2019 - 3:20 PM

Kawhi Leonard gets some 'extended rest' but the Raptors find little trouble in dispatching the Kings

TAKE CHARGE. Toronto guard Fred VanVleet fires 19 points to lead 6 Raptors in double figures. Photo from NBA Twitter

Raptors avenge loss to Nets

Jan 12, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Kawhi Leonard has now pumped in 20 points in 18 consecutive games for the Toronto Raptors

STILL ON TOP. Kawhi Leonard and the league-leading Raptors cruise to their 32nd win. Photo from NBA Twitter

Raptors rebound to beat Bucks for first time this season

Jan 06, 2019 - 1:58 PM

With Kawhi Leonard back to his old self, the Raptors outlast the Bucks in a battle of the top two Eastern Conference teams

BACK ON TOP. Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors overcome Giannis Antetokounmpo's huge double-double showing to reclaim the top spot.

LOOK: Kawhi booed, called 'traitor' in return to San Antonio

Jan 04, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Fans show Leonard how they feel about him in his first game back in San Antonio

FORMER TEAM. Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors succumb to the San Antonio Spurs. File photo from NBA

Spurs blast Raptors as Kawhi returns to San Antonio

Jan 04, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Leonard is met with boos and jeers in his first game back in San Antonio since he was traded to Toronto together with Danny Green

RUDE WELCOME. Kawhi Leonard loses at the hands of his former team. Photo from Toronto Raptors Twitter

Spurs coach Popovich hopes Kawhi shown 'respect' on return

Jan 03, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Raptors star Kawhi Leonard returns to San Antonio to face his former team for the first time since his controversial departure

Kawhi's 45 fuel Raptors over Jazz, but Bucks still on top

Jan 02, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The Toronto Raptors continue to chase the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks as Kawhi Leonard erupts for a career-high 45 points against the Utah Jazz

Leonard leads Raptors over Cavs, Bucks down Celtics

Dec 22, 2018 - 2:33 PM

The Toronto Raptor's victory came despite absences of star point guard Kyle Lowry, swingman Danny Green, and big men Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas

Raptors coach Nurse fined over ref rant

Dec 19, 2018 - 8:55 AM

Coach Nick Nurse says Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard hasn't been getting enough calls

FURIOUS. Raptors coach Nick Nurse gets slapped with a $15,000 fine after a furious rant against the referees. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP