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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

Raptors hold off Warriors in heavyweight NBA clash

Nov 30, 2018 - 1:33 PM

Warriors superstar Kevin Durant erupts for 51 points but it wasn't enough to stop Kawhi Leonard and the league-leading Raptors

LEAGUE LEADERS. Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors roll to a league-best 19-4 record. Photo from NBA

Kawhi Leonard back as Raptors down Sixers

Oct 31, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Toronto rebounds from its first loss of the season as Kawhi Leonard drops 31 points

BACK AT IT. Kawhi Leonard tows the Toronto Raptors to their seventh victory. Photo from NBA

Kawhi drops 35 as Raptors match franchise-best 5-0 start

Oct 25, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The Toronto Raptors turn back the Minnesota Timberwolves behind Kawhi Leonard's season-high 35 points

SPARKPLUG. Kawhi Leonard tows the Toronto Raptors to their fifth straight victory. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Minus Kawhi, Lowry steps up to lead Raptors past Wizards

Oct 21, 2018 - 12:34 PM

Kawhi Leonard takes the night off but Kyle Lowry powers the Toronto Raptors past the Washington Wizards

HOT START. Kyle Lowry takes charge to help the Toronto Raptors stay perfect. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

5 NBA players to watch this season

Oct 13, 2018 - 5:35 PM

LeBron and the Lakers may have dominated the preseason storyline, but there's certainly more to talk about once the season gets going

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 5: Kawhi Leonard #2 and Danny Green #14 of the Toronto Raptors looks on from the bench during the second half of an NBA preseason game against Melbourne United at Scotiabank Arena on October 5, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. 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. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Spurs coach Popovich on Kawhi trade: ‘Time to move on’

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:46 AM

The San Antonio tactician wishes Kawhi Leonard well, but says he's focused on the arrival of former Raptors cornerstone DeMar DeRozan

SEPARATE WAYS. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich and Kawhi Leonard part ways, just two weeks after the Spurs let go of veteran Tony Parker. Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFP

Kawhi Leonard to Raptors, DeMar DeRozan to Spurs – reports

Jul 18, 2018 - 9:52 PM

San Antonio also sends Danny Green to Toronto for Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick

SWITCH. Top NBA stars Kawhi Leonard and DeMar Derozan switch teams and conference. Leonard photo by Ronald Cortes/AFP and Derozan photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP​


Free agent fireworks set to begin for NBA teams

Jun 29, 2018 - 1:27 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers may be in for a franchise-changing offseason

DREAM CAST. Getting LeBron James, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard is a scenario that Lakers fans have dreamed about. Photos by AFP

Kawhi Leonard wants out of Spurs, looks for Lakers trade

Jun 16, 2018 - 12:23 PM

Reports say the relationship between Leonard and San Antonio may be irreparably damaged

NEW POWERHOUSE? Kawhi Leonard may end up with the LA Lakers, which can assemble a new superteam with incoming free agents LeBron James and Paul George also linked to join the glamour squad. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Ginobili has second straight 20-plus point game in Spurs' loss to Blazers

Jan 08, 2018 - 4:39 PM

The Spurs were missing 4 regulars, including Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard, while the Blazers were without Damian Lillard

HOT SPUR. Manu Ginobili goes for 26 points, becoming the oldest player to score 20-plus points in back-to-back games. File photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Kawhi Leonard's return spoiled as Spurs stumble against Mavs

Dec 13, 2017 - 1:58 PM

In New York, Porzingis scores 37 as the Knicks beat the Lakers in overtime

COOLED DOWN. Kawhi Leonard made his long-awaited return from injury but could not stop San Antonio from an upset defeat in Dallas. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Kawhi Leonard to miss pre-season with quad injury

Oct 01, 2017 - 1:02 PM

No timetable has been set for the Spurs star's return

INJURED RESERVE. A Spurs statement said Leonard was suffering from a "right quadriceps tendinopathy" and there was no set timetable for his return. File photo by Ronald Cortes/AFP

Spurs star Kawhi Leonard makes first China visit for Beijing clinic

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:55 AM

The two time Defensive Player of the Year will become the first NBA player to visit an NBA Academy in China

ASIAN VISIT. Kawhi Leonard will host a clinic for select migrant school students and meet players and fans at the NBA's 5-on-5 tournament for elite players in China. Photo by Ronald Cortes/AFP

Green, Gobert, Leonard pace NBA All-Defensive squad

Jun 27, 2017 - 9:43 AM

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley are also selected to the honor squad by a 100 member global media panel

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM. Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors leads the 2017 NBA All-Defensive Team together with Kawhi Leonard and Rudy Gobert. File Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron James snubbed as MVP award finalist

May 20, 2017 - 12:09 PM

The NBA MVP award will come down to James Harden Russell Westbrook and Kawhi Leonard

DENIED. LeBron James will not be in the running to clinch his 5th MVP award despite setting career-highs in assists (8.7) and rebounds (8.6) this season. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images North America/AFP

San Antonio Spurs refuse to go down without a fight

May 19, 2017 - 10:07 AM

Despite Kawhi Leonard being uncertain with a sprained ankle and two disheartening NBA playoff losses at Golden State the San Antonio Spurs vow to fight back aggressively

DOWN BUT NOT OUT. The look on LaMarcus Aldridge's face late in Game 2 tells the story of the series so far. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP