76ers’ Ennis on GM 7 against Raps: We would be champions if we win that game(VIDEO)

Basketball is a game inches. A couple bounces here, and a bounces couple there can change everything. Just ask the Philadelphia 76ers. With the game tied at 90, Kawhi Leonard made one of the most improbable shots to send the Raptors past the 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The ball bounced up, down, and into the basket. An inch to the left or an inch to the right could have changed the course history, so says Sixers F James Ennis.

“Lucky shot,” Ennis told Paul Gant on Friday after the introductory press conference to announce his signing with the 76ers. “He’s a good player, though. Kawhi’s one of the best players in the league, but it hit the rim like four times. I felt like if we would have won that game, we would have won the whole thing…

“If we would have won that game, we would have beat Milwaukee, and we would have won a championship because I think we matched up well against Milwaukee. We gave Toronto a run for their money.”

Ennis recently said that the Sixers would “walk to the Finals” now that Kawhi Leonard is out of the Eastern Conference. On Friday, he still sounded very confident in his team.

The East is up for grabs,” he said. “The West is a lot tougher, but I think we have a team that is elite still. We have a good coaching staff here, good coach, good players. I think we are determined to go farther than we did last year, and I know we will.”

The way Milwaukee flamed out against the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals, losing the final four games of the series after being up 2-0, Ennis might have a point. Also, after how the Warriors broke down physically(Durant, Thompson injuries), all the top teams in the East should be kicking themselves right now, and with the West getting even stronger, the top teams in the East might be kicking themselves for a long time!

Listen to complete interview with Ennis below as he discusses why he came back to Philly, how much money he left on the table, the playoffs, and more:

 

 

 

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Clips’ Frank: ‘We are grateful and honored that Kawhi Leonard has decided to come home’

Kawhi Leonard is coming home, and fortunately for the Los Angeles Clippers, it will be with them. The Moreno Valley, California-native has officially signed with the Clippers, the team announced today.

According to ESPN, Leonard signed a three-year, $103.1 million deal that includes a player option for the 2021-22 season, the source said. He will make $32.74 million next season, $34.37 million in 2020-21 and $36.01 million in the player-option season.

“This is a historic moment for our organization and our fans,” said Frank. “We are grateful and honored that Kawhi Leonard has decided to come home and join the L.A. Clippers. Kawhi is a peerless two-way player, a relentless worker and a natural fit for the serious, professional culture our group has established. He wins everywhere he goes, and he always has, from King High School to San Diego State to the NBA. Having him on our side is a tremendous privilege and a massive responsibility, one we will take very seriously. His expectation, and ours, is to contend for championships.”

Leonard, 28, averaged 30.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists for the Toronto Raptors last season in 24 playoff games en route to an NBA Championship and Finals MVP honor. During the 2018-19 regular season, the three-time All-Star averaged 26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

In his career, the two-time defensive Player of the Year (2016, 2015) has averaged 17.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists over 467 games with the Raptors and San Antonio Spurs. Leonard also won an NBA Championship and captured Finals MVP with the Spurs in 2013-14. The 6’7″ forward has been voted All-NBA First Team twice (2017, 2016), All-NBA Second Team once (2019), and All-Defensive First Team three times (2017, 2016, 2015).

Report: Leonard, George to the Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have just broken the internet. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Clippers will sign free agent Kawhi Leonard, but it does not stop there. The Clippers have acquired OKC’s Paul George in exchange for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, and four unprotected first-round picks, one protected first-round pick, and two pick swaps, according to Wojnarowski.

This is a stunner. Many believed Leonard was going to sign with either the Lakers or Raptors, but in the end, the Clippers got it done.

There is going to be a lot of great basketball at Staples Center next season.

Kenny Smith on Kawhi Leonard: ‘Without question, he’s gotta take his time’

The first day of free agency in the NBA saw a lot of big names come off the board. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving went to Brooklyn, Jimmy Butler went to Miami, and Kemba Walker went to Boston, but there is still one big name out there, and that is NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, and according to reports, it seems it will come down to the Clippers, Lakers, and Raptors. Where will he go? Who knows, but according to TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith, Leonard needs to take his time.

“I think he really has to take his time, honestly because he doesn’t have the opportunity to make this decision again,” Smith told TMZ Sports about Leonard. “This is the biggest decision for him at this stage of his life and his career that he can’t just make that decision that quickly. Kevin Durant and all those guys have had big contracts before. This is his first huge, mega contract, so, without question, he’s gotta take his time.”

Leonard is more than likely going to get a max contract wherever he goes, but he can get an extra year and more guaranteed money if he decides to stay in Toronto. Also, he will have a chance to help the Raptors defend their NBA title. If he does go to the Lakers and joins LeBron and Anthony Davis, obviously that would be a tough team to beat.

Leonard’s last big contract came in 2015 when he signed a max contract at five-years, $94 million with San Antonio. Leonard is always composed on the court and can get to all his spots while taking his time and staying under control, and he seems to be handling free agency in the same manner. He’ll make his decision, but only when he is ready to do so.

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:

 

Drake reacts to the Raptors winning an NBA title(VIDEO)

The Toronto Raptors have done it! Toronto did something that many thought seemed impossible.

Behind the play of Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and the clutch shooting of Fred VanVleet, the Raptors were able to beat the Warriors 114-110 to capture the first title in franchise history.

After the game, rapper/actor and super fan Drake reacted.

Here is what he had to say:

 

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.

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!