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Kawhi Leonard’s ‘load management’ not going down easy in Los Angeles

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9.11.2019

Kawhi Leonard ’s ‘ load management ’ not going down easy in Los Angeles Globe_Sports

The part-time approach favoured by the star in Toronto has caused plenty of consternation in NBA circles this season

After his year-long sabbatical in foreign parts, America has noticed that Kawhi Leonard has changed. And America doesn’t like it.

Kawhi Leonard looks on during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on Nov. 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, Calif.

What people hadn’t taken into consideration was how he’d done it.

Leonard’s absence was permitted because no one in the NBA knows or cares what is happening up here. For years, the Raptors might as well have been playing on the moon.

They had next-to-no national TV commitments in the United States. No Christmas Day games. No prime-time tipoffs in the postseason. They were functionally invisible back at NBA HQ.

In an age of carefully curated public personalities, Leonard’s lack of one seems revolutionary. He’s become the Thomas Pynchon of pro sports. Completely inscrutable, but everyone wants to pretend they understand him.

Everyone freaked out. The U.S. press piled in as though he’d missed work because he was hungover. It became a great big story.

Even the most pragmatic members of the broadcast media were outraged. No wonder. If the stars don’t care about the regular season, then why should the fans? That is not a good precedent for the TV business.

You can see other teams and coaches losing their patience. The Clippers play a back-to-back next week – at Houston and New Orleans. The Houston game is nationally televised. It would be very like Leonard to skip that one, just to make a point. We’ll see how that goes over.

Teams expect the rules will be enforced evenly. No one cared what Leonard did in Toronto. But now that everyone’s attention has been focused on him, it looks as though he’s getting special treatment.

You can never know what’s going through Leonard’s mind. But one does wonder if he’s beginning to consider whether getting exactly what you want is all it’s cracked up to be.

Read more: The Globe and Mail

Globe_Sports I couldn't get over how poor this article was written, not to mention disrespectful to the rest of that team. We can't view sports in anyway like this article suggest. Team sport love kawhi couldn't have done it without him but geesh Globe_Sports The gate to the North is still open... Globe_Sports Eh shocking...

Globe_Sports They aren't chill like us.

Kawhi Leonard has 27 points, 13 rebounds as Clippers beat Trail Blazers - Sportsnet.caLou Williams made a go-ahead jumper with 58 seconds left, then added a 3-pointer and finished with 26 points to lift the Los Angeles Clippers over the Portland Trail Blazers 107-101 on Thursday night for coach Doc Rivers' 900th career victory.

Kawhi Leonard: 'Shocking' NBA detailed knee injury - TSN.ca Kawhi Leonard was asked about the league issuing a statement detailing a patella tendon injury in his left knee that the league says was the reason he missed Wednesday's contest. According to ESPN 's Ohm Youngmisuk, Leonard said it was 'shocking' the NBA revealed details about his injury. Athletes today sure do have that millennial outlook.... 🙄 Not shocking at all. League worried that more of their grossly overpaid athletes will all demand load management.

Bucks beat Kawhi-less Clippers for fourth-straight win - Sportsnet.caGiannis Antetokounmpo had 38 points and 16 rebounds, George Hill scored 24 off the bench and the Milwaukee Bucks repelled every threat in beating the Los Angeles Clippers 129-124 on Wednesday night for their fourth victory in a row. Bucks LAClippers Raptors have a better record than the Clippers😳

NBA issues statement on Clippers resting Kawhi Leonard in back-to-back games - Sportsnet.caThe NBA has issued a statement asserting that they are 'comfortable' with the Los Angeles Clippers ' decision to rest star forward Kawhi Leonard during back-to-back games. LAClippers DidKawhiPlay Don't remember the league stepping in at all when he rarely played for Raptors last season FAN590 LAClippers Like he gives a shit. LAClippers Not once did the NBA day anything last year. The hell be going on?

NBA says Kawhi Leonard is 'managing a knee injury' - TSN.ca Kawhi Leonard is sitting out Wednesday's game against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks but an NBA spokesman says Leonard's absence is injury-related and not ' load management .' if he plays tomorrow night then the NBA is now in on the lie. BS. NBA is a sham.

NBA says Kawhi Leonard is 'managing a knee injury' - TSN.ca Kawhi Leonard is sitting out Wednesday's game against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks but an NBA spokesman says Leonard's absence is injury-related and not ' load management .' if he plays tomorrow night then the NBA is now in on the lie. BS. NBA is a sham.

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