Kawhi rejected LeBron and used the Lakers for leverage – Pablo Torre | High Noon


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  • bythebay2008
    bythebay2008  5 months back

    Kawhi's and his advisers are tacticians to market "Kawhi". He may have seriously considered moving to Lakers but assessing his health and recently taking Toronto to the finals and winning the championship, it was decided, with clippers having enough talent, and close to home, that he would rather have "his own team" led by him and he'll have more control. He decided he wants the pie for himself and not to share.

    • Raw Tasian
      Raw Tasian  7 months back

      Dude got the head of a villain.

      • DarPoe Jr
        DarPoe Jr  7 months back

        Everybody thinks the know but do not!

        • Jan Karl Elenzano
          Jan Karl Elenzano  7 months back

          The power play was Kawhi threatening another super team that made recruiting PG easier. OKC wouldn't have released PG without that threat of a super team. The Lakers was used, IMO. Now, LA just got really interesting. It has become the epicenter for the battle of basketball supremacy.

          • Balthazar Brat
            Balthazar Brat  7 months back

            He never wanted to play with LeBron

            • rahim4411
              rahim4411  7 months back

              I got mad respect for Kawhi. He has the soul of a champion for real. He just balanced the entire NBA . Dude is Luke Sky Walker, may the force be with him!

              • Frederick Jackson
                Frederick Jackson  7 months back

                I would say more but I think you got the whole picture now.

                • Frederick Jackson
                  Frederick Jackson  7 months back

                  One more thing DeMarcus Cousin, I call him the Beast because he have a beast game. Hoping you be ready for the season.

                  • Frederick Jackson
                    Frederick Jackson  7 months back

                    Showtime is back!

                    • Frederick Jackson
                      Frederick Jackson  7 months back

                      If you think I don't know anything about this game here are the names of the elite Center's the Lakers had Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, big diesel Shaquille O'Neal. Anthony Davis makes the fourth Elite Center. Just a little something to think about. Go Lakers.

                      • Frederick Jackson
                        Frederick Jackson  7 months back

                        Can someone tell me how many championships the Clippers have, oh that's right none! One more thing you really need to look at the team the Lakers have put together, no one is paying attention that they have put together a championship team. One thing about the Lakers they always get their Elite Center. Check the history of the Lakers and you will see what happens when they have a elite center, they win " championships"!

                        • Frederick Jackson
                          Frederick Jackson  7 months back

                          PG has not proven himself to be where LB is, and that is all the way up! Go "LAKERS.

                          • Frederick Jackson
                            Frederick Jackson  7 months back

                            What have PG won?

                            • Free Speech Advocate
                              Free Speech Advocate  7 months back

                              I'm from Toronto, Kawhi will always be loved in my city and country. He brought a lot of joy to people with the championship victory, and the 2 million people parade which was a first in the city. Love Kawhi!

                              • Jervhen Sky Adolfo Dalisan

                                0:42 it all starts here

                                • noone
                                  noone  7 months back

                                  Kawhi "The Snake" Leonard is just that.

                                  • Darrell Oneal
                                    Darrell Oneal  7 months back

                                    I bet you didt call kawhi a snake about tha spurs but calling him a snake because he didt join tha bs laker yea im a spur fan

                                  • Phelix
                                    Phelix  7 months back

                                    How exactly is he a snake?

                                • Keith Wilkins
                                  Keith Wilkins  7 months back

                                  Whatever Kawhi was turned down by KD and Irving and chicken George is a fill in

                                  • Manuel Antonio Cruz
                                    Manuel Antonio Cruz  7 months back

                                    Karma will bite Kawhi in the @ss

                                    • Sim Mack
                                      Sim Mack  7 months back

                                      Go clippers gonna be a a good fight for the west

                                      • NO NAME !!!
                                        NO NAME !!!  7 months back

                                        I believe that exactly Kawhi did it. Kawhi BOSS moved Lebron and had all LeBron fanboys, media guys saying that Kawhi was going to be a Lakers. While that was going on he had the Clippers and Toronto in a bidding war for PG13, so Kawhi was never going to be a Laker and yes it has everything to do with Lebron being there. Same with PG13 he didn't even give the Lakers a chance to get him didn't take a call but kawhi calls he said yes and demand a trade to put him in LA where he wanted to be since he was a Pacer

                                        • Derick Artis
                                          Derick Artis  7 months back

                                          Why not be a man and tell LeBron face to face I'm not interested in playing with you . Why play this waiting game . Everyone was saying kawhi is the greatest player in the NBA right now . He don't need a superstar to win . So why he went and plucked Paul George out of OKC ? So Paul George isn't a superstar ? LeBron I hope your taking all this in and will come back in a vengeance ! The season starts in October .

                                          • josh rich
                                            josh rich  7 months back

                                            Wrong again.Bron rejected Kawhi.We have a deeper team without Kawhi.Kuz Caruso Green KCP Dudley etc.Are going to shoot your lights out.Kuz will put up more points than Kawhi this year.

                                            • Mike Thaxton
                                              Mike Thaxton  7 months back

                                              Same old media BS ! The media is a fountain of mis-information ! The fact he had chose the Lakers before the overrated Paul George trade went down is just going to be ignored eh ? Its laughable at best when people believe this fools stupidity !

                                              • 3h21e2 Nh2
                                                3h21e2 Nh2  7 months back

                                                Why be a queen when u can be a god?

                                                • Nick Young
                                                  Nick Young  7 months back

                                                  Kawhi rejected LeBron?? wth? why lie just to get clicks?

                                                  • Khult Herro
                                                    Khult Herro  7 months back

                                                    BIGGEST SNAKE IN THE NBA: Kawhi Leonard. Can't trust the quiet guy in the room, he is scheming something.

                                                    • Tony Benton
                                                      Tony Benton  7 months back

                                                      And unless everybody gets hurt like the Warriors did....he wont win sh**

                                                      • Nagato Sarutobi
                                                        Nagato Sarutobi  7 months back

                                                        Raptors Fans from Toronto and across Canada truly Thank Kawhi Leonard and Danny Greene for guiding our team to its first title, You have sparked something up here in Canada like never before. So Thank You and to all Clipper fans win the rivalry battle in LA!! take that throne from the Lakers!!

                                                        • suzieq0452
                                                          suzieq0452  7 months back

                                                          You DON'T Speak for ALL Raptor FANS Across Canada.Not All are STUPID and BLIND as Yourself.
                                                          STOP Sucking on Kawhi's Dick.He Back Stabbed Toronto and ALL Canadian Fans.

                                                      • Kevin Nguyen
                                                        Kevin Nguyen  7 months back

                                                        Kawhi rejected Lebron but KD, Kyrie, AND Jimmy Butler all rejected Kawhi. Lebron can't win, if Kawhi goes to the lakers than Lebron would be accused of recruiting and forming a super team. But Kawhi joined the Clippers and the media is spinning it into "no superstars will play with Lebron"

                                                        • Jewelz
                                                          Jewelz  7 months back

                                                          This is the same "humble" motherfucker you guys didnt even care about last year.. he wasnt even voted in to all star games.. just like canada to catapult someone's career and they use and dip. Where were these bandwagon fans in 2018 year? Lol.

                                                          • Jewelz
                                                            Jewelz  7 months back

                                                            Kawhi when asked about staying or leaving Toronto during the year: "I want to focus on my team and I am not worried about that right now"

                                                            Same kawhi: *colluding with people he doesnt even know, like KD and Kyrie, 10 months before offseason*


                                                            • D Sandy
                                                              D Sandy  7 months back

                                                              these guys annoying af

                                                              • Allen Xiang
                                                                Allen Xiang  7 months back

                                                                Clearly Kawhi wants to team up with another superstar in Clippers. He called KD, Kyrie, and PG one by one. How would Lakers react if they knew Kawhi's priority at the first place? Lakers is aware of the risk, but their strategy may be different given the information. It's the information he kept in dark gave him an advantage. And yes, he did use Lakers as a leverage, but that is just a good business move.

                                                                • RatedTHC
                                                                  RatedTHC  7 months back

                                                                  Kd and Kyrie rejected kawhi and???

                                                                  • #02588 #02588
                                                                    #02588 #02588  7 months back

                                                                    Kawhi a lebron wannabe now

                                                                    • ekko808
                                                                      ekko808  7 months back

                                                                      These guys are pretty bad, but nothing is as bad as Ryan Hollins. Again, Ryan Hollins is the worst sports commentator in the history of sports, including ancient Greek and Roman sports.

                                                                      • John Lodge
                                                                        John Lodge  7 months back

                                                                        Paybacks are a bitch. I believe in karma.

                                                                        • Milk2Percent
                                                                          Milk2Percent  7 months back

                                                                          Fucked over
                                                                          All while in your own house!!!

                                                                          Kawhi fucking LeBron

                                                                          • Paul Anthony
                                                                            Paul Anthony  7 months back

                                                                            I like the idea that most of LeBron's Haters have said that he's done at age 35.......hmmm,......I can't wait for the start of the season....I can't wait for next year playoffs.....Remember, you all want to see the demise of LeBron......Well, just pray that Zion becomes the face of the League in the coming years......because I don't see anyone of that ilk around the league....not even Kawhi....TV ratings....may crumble...

                                                                            • cash mere
                                                                              cash mere  7 months back

                                                                              Can't wait for the season to start I'm tired of all these comments including my own

                                                                              • peeta 6010
                                                                                peeta 6010  7 months back

                                                                                No one predict that the raptors will win the championship! If the klaw win again this 2020 champ, then i will buy his shoes.. Hehe

                                                                                • manuel angon
                                                                                  manuel angon  7 months back

                                                                                  Clippers can have an all star team and still choke. They suck! Laker nation like always bro!!

                                                                                • Sadie Irvin
                                                                                  Sadie Irvin  7 months back

                                                                                  You guys deserve more time on T.V. ESPN NEEDS YOU 2 MORE ON T.V.

                                                                                  • nerdwithjordans
                                                                                    nerdwithjordans  7 months back

                                                                                    Kawhi and George are LA natives they will be there long term

                                                                                    • JREEL
                                                                                      JREEL  7 months back

                                                                                      What Kawhi did was utilize his leverage as a top tier FA. That was not about 'power', it was about strategy. He wanted to make sure he could play with another top tier FA. So how would he do that? Easy, inform teams you will sign if they land that said player and wait it out. Clippers made a move for PG, Sam Presti complied without a fight and as a result, Clippers got Kawhi in the end. Toronto did not have the adequate assets to land PG, regardless of what the narrative is. Lakers were NEVER in play. The media just painted that narrative because it is in LA, Kawhi's home.

                                                                                      • Dead Pool
                                                                                        Dead Pool  7 months back

                                                                                        These IDIOTS say Lebrons name on EVERY SHOW. Every espn show is just a copy of the other

                                                                                        • Geoff Thompson
                                                                                          Geoff Thompson  7 months back

                                                                                          It's easy to see why NBA players are criticized for something like never playing defense, given the lack of appreciation for Westbrook's game. 16 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds, would be a great addition for a lot of teams. People at ESPN who appreciate triple double's, appreciate Westbrook's game, but most people don't care. RW's contract is like Damian Lillard, who is a bit younger, getting 4 years right now at $170 million instead of $200 million.

                                                                                          $30 million dollar discount. Period.

                                                                                          • Luke Coussons
                                                                                            Luke Coussons  7 months back

                                                                                            Kawhi makes the league a business off the court