Nate Robinson on Kawhi: ‘He’s like a robotic Michael Jordan'(VIDEO)

The 2019 NBA playoffs showed the world that Kawhi Leonard is still one of the best players in the game. He had 14 games of 30 points or more, which is the most since LeBron James did it in 2017; he helped the Raptors win their first NBA title, and he walked away with his second Finals MVP.  Leonard now joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James as the only players to win Finals MVP with multiple teams.

Before playing in only nine games last season with the Spurs, due to injury, Leonard was considered by many to be the best two-way player in the game, but at this point, he might be the best player in the game, so says NBA free agent Nate Robinson.

“He’s definitely one of the best, if not the best,” Robinson told Paul Gant at the American Flag Football League Championship in New Jersey on Sunday.  “I’ve been telling people the whole time before this season when he came into the league he was like a Michael Jordan type player, but he’s like more of a robot,  so he’s like a robotic Michael Jordan. I call him “Terminator Jordan” for a reason. People were laughing, ‘All yeah, you don’t know what you’re talking about.’ Ok cool, now look at what he’s doing, you crazy.”

Leonard will be a free agent in the offseason, and at this point, no one knows where he will go. However, if it were up to Robinson, Leonard would stay in Toronto.

“I don’t know; I hope he stays in Toronto,” Robinson said. “Whatever team he’s on, is definitely gonna have a chance to win championships.”

These playoffs have definitely set Leonard apart, and he has a legitimate argument as the best player in the game. At times, he single-handily willed Toronto through the playoffs.

No matter where Leonard goes, the Raptors can be happy that they got a championship out of the deal.

Listen below as Robinson talks AFFL championship, Kawhi Leonard, and more:

 

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Toronto boxer Steve Rolls: ‘Triple G is going to face boxing’s version of Kawhi Leonard on June 8’

Inspired by the Raptors run to the NBA Championship Finals, undefeated Top-10 contender Steve Rolls is determined to give his hometown of Toronto another reason to cheer.  Like the Raptors, who are ahead 1-0 in their challenge of the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors (Rolls attended Game 1), Rolls will be the underdog when he faces boxing’s pound-for-pound superstar attraction Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin, who successfully defended his middleweight titles a record 20 consecutive times — 18 by knockout.

Golovkin and Rolls will go mano a mano in a 12-round rumble, which will be contested at a maximum weight of 164  pounds and streamed live on DAZN, next Saturday, June 8, from the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden.

“You can look at me as an underdog but in my mind, I’m the best investment this side of Wall Street,” said Rolls (19-0, 10 KOs).  “Triple G is going to face boxing’s version of Kawhi Leonard on June 8.”

“Boxing is no game,” responded Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs), from Karaganda, Kazakhstan.  “I want a war. I have trained for a war.  That’s why boxing fans enjoy the Big Drama Show.  I come to fight.”

The Raptors have a better chance of beating the Warriors than Rolls does of defeating Golovkin, but anything can happen.

Ka-whi the Raptors could go to the NBA Finals

After two games in the Eastern Conference Finals, it seemed that Bucks were on the way to the NBA Finals. Milwaukee struggled early in Game 1 but finished strong to seal the victory, and in Game 2, the Raptors looked defeated and were dominated by 22 points. At that time, we were ready to crown the Bucks, but as a wise man once said, “A series does not start until the road team wins.” The Bucks were second favorite behind Golden State last week, meanwhile those odds have shifted with The Raptors 10/1 underdogs to win the tournament – that’s if they get past Bucks and Golden State.

The series shifted to Toronto, and the Raptors were able to clip the Bucks in double OT in Game 3, and in Game 4, Toronto routed Milwaukee, and now, we go back to Milwaukee with the series tied at 2.

We are starting to see why Kyle Lowry was an All-Star this season. Lowry had 25 points last night, and he is playing much better than he did in the previous round against the Sixers. Also, role players play better at home, and that was the case for Toronto in Game 4 on Tuesday night. Marc Gasol chipped in with 17 points, and Toronto’s bench was big time. Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 13 rebounds; Fred VanVleet finally joined the party by dropping 13 points, including 3-3 from downtown, and Norman Powell continued his excellent play with 18 points.

It’s the best of three, and at this point, the Bucks seem to have the advantage because two out of the next three games(if necessary) will be in Milwaukee, but will that matter? The best player in these playoffs has been Kawhi Leonard. Giannis Antetokounmpo has been excellent; Kevin Durant was getting it done before the injury. However, Leonard has been better. He carried the Raptors to the Eastern Conference Finals after averaging 34.7 points per game against the 76ers, including an epic, series-clinching jumper at the buzzer to beat Philly, and while his team struggled in the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, Leonard did not. He scored 31 points a piece in Games 1 and 2, and in Game 3, where he played a game-high 52 minutes, Leonard poured in 36 big points. We forget that Leonard was a Finals’ MVP, and we forget that before last season, Leonard was considered the best two-way player in the game. If he can work through his leg fatigue, Leonard gives the Raptors a shot to steal a game in Milwaukee—–something the Raptors were able to do once in the regular season.

Rudy Tomjanovich once said, “Never underestimate the heart of a champion,” and Leonard has shown championship mettle in the past and is showing it right now. Antetokounmpo will probably win the regular season MVP, but if we were handing out a postseason MVP, it probably would go to Leonard.

Can the best player in the postseason get it done for Toronto? Milwaukee had not lost more than two games in a row all season, so losing four in a row could be asking a lot, but with the play of Lowry and the Raptors’ bench, I can see Toronto making the NBA Finals. However, that won’t happen if Leonard is not healthy.

 

 

Great courtside angle of Leonard’s amazing shot(VIDEO)

Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer-beating, series-clinching shot against the 76ers to send the Raptors to the Eastern Conference Finals was ridiculous, and it is was one of the greatest shots in NBA history.

Never has a seven-game series ended in this manner, which makes this shot even more special.

We have seen so many different angles of this shot, but I think we may have just found one of the best.

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Max Kellerman: Kawhi Leonard is best player in the NBA(VIDEO)

Last season, was a tough one for Kawhi Leonard. As a member of the Spurs, and due to injury, Leonard played in only nine games in the 2017-18 season. Many questioned his heart, and some wondered if he would ever be the same. What a difference a year makes.

The former Finals’ MVP has willed the Raptors to the Eastern Conference Finals. In the Eastern Conference semifinals against the 76ers, where Leonard made a series-clinching, buzzer-beating jump shot on Sunday, Leonard averaged 34.7 ppg.

Leonard has played like one the best players in the NBA, and according to ESPN’s Max Kellerman, Leonard is the best player in the league.

Listen what Kellerman had to say on ESPN’s First Take today:

I think many forgot how good Leonard was before the injury. He is special for sure. Best player in the league? Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, and Kevin Durant might argue with you, but in the end, it’s safe to say that Leonard is back!

Twitter reacts to Kawhi Leonard’s series-winning shot

What a Game 7 in Toronto, and what a fantastic shot by Kawhi Leonard. With the score tied at 90, Leonard shot a jump shot in the corner that bounced around the rim and went in at the buzzer, and the Raptors win 92-90 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals to play the Milwaukee Bucks, which starts on Wednesday.

After the game, Twitter reacted.

Here is a sampling:

Stephen A. Smith: 76ers might get swept

The Toronto Raptors got out early on the 76ers in Game 1 and did not look back. In front of their home crowd, and led by Kawhi Leonard’s 45 points, the Raptors routed the 76ers 108-95 on Saturday to take a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Game 2 is Monday night in Toronto.

After what many saw on Saturday night, some think the Raptors could run away with this series, including ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.

“I have the Toronto Raptors winning this series,” Smith said on ESPN’s First Take today. “Here’s the difference between my opinion before the series, and my opinion after Game 1. I don’t give the Sixers much of a chance; I’m scared they might get swept.”

It’s only one game, but Toronto looks like the better team. I had the Raptors winning the series in 7, and I think that will still happen.

Listen below to what Smith had to say:

Ex-NBA player Brown: ‘There’s just something about Kawhi; he brought a whole new defensive mentality’

When the Toronto Raptors traded DeMar DeRozan to the Spurs to acquire Kawhi Leonard this summer, they knew they were getting one of the best two-way players in the NBA, and so far this season, that has been the case.

After 32 games, Leonard and the Raptors(23-9) have the best record in basketball. The two-time All-Star has brought his defensive ways north of the border, including leading the team in steals.

Over the past three seasons, Toronto won 50 or more games, including a franchise-best 59 wins last year, but the regular season has not been the problem. The playoffs have been the issue, or should I say LeBron James has been the issue. Fortunately for Toronto, LeBron is out West with the Lakers.

The Raptors seem a little different with Leonard in the mix, so says former NBA player Chucky Brown.

 “I had a debate with my friend, and he said, ‘Toronto does this every year. They do that same thing every year.’ So I was saying that this year is different,” Brown recently told the Go4it podcast with host Paul Gant. “They got Kawhi there. No disrespect to DeRozan because I love DeMar DeRozan, but DeMar DeRozan doesn’t defend like Kawhi. There’s just something about Kawhi. He brought a whole new defensive mentality. Toronto has some long, young players. Then, you have Serge Ibaka, who’s a veteran player, so I think they could be a formidable opponent defensively.”

Toronto does have a lot of athletes on this roster, and more importantly, they have a healthy Kawhi Leonard, which means they have a great shot of going to the NBA Finals. It’s still early, and Boston, Philly, and Milwaukee won’t be easy to beat come playoff time, but the Raptors look like the best team in the Eastern Conference, and one of the best teams in the NBA.

Kawhi Leonard on playing in Toronto: ‘I came here with an open mind’

The Toronto made a bunch of big moves in the offseason. They brought in a new coach in Nick Nurse and traded their leading scorer DeMar DeRozan to the Spurs to acquire two-time All-Star Kawhi Leonard.

The 27-year-old Leonard, who played in only nine games last season due to a quad injury, can opt out of his contract at the end of the season, and according to reports, he wants to play in Los Angeles.

At this point, the Raptors main goal is to try to sell Leonard on the city of Toronto, which in the past has not always been appealing to NBA stars, but Leonard seems to willing to give the city of Toronto and the Raptors a chance.

“I want to play here. As long as I have on a jersey, I want to play basketball,” Leonard said at the team’s media day on Monday. “I came here with an open mind. I want to do great things. I want to make sure that I put my all effort on the court each and every night. By winning games, this how you get star caliber players to want to come here and play.”

If the Raptors have a successful season, which is very possible with the roster they have assembled. Leonard would probably be willing to stay in Toronto. However, if the team struggles, expect Leonard to be elsewhere.

Just like the Thunder did with Paul George, Toronto is going to have to take a wait and see approach with Kawhi Leonard.