khantot


I've been following Kawhi since his college days and here's an insight from his coach from San Diego State.  Coach Fish also says that Toronto is the perfect fit for him.

Once an Aztec, always an Aztecs.  

Go Kawhi and Go Raptors!
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Philosoraptor
I think Kawhi is a great leader, he leads by example and seems like a man of few words but is direct.

I don't think he works on every team as a leader. He's not exactly an alpha or a diplomat, so he wouldn't pair well with ecentric personalities or big egos.

Truly believe that Toronto is one of the best team fits for him, the other teams with millions of cap space this summer can't offer the same winning culture and environment.
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LX
The remarkable even keel nature he has and projects is perfect. How many times have we seen players and teams celebrating big shots and big plays in the third quarter and then get off track? Or the same sort of thing from game to game. It has to be really hard not to play into the ups and downs, but if you can manage to avoid being swayed until the goal is achieved, then you stand a better chance of getting to the finish line. You don’t want to be a long distance runner that uses up adrenaline before it becomes essential. Kawhi was amazing in his demeanor last night. And there are a lot of guys that had some of that steadiness in them who are strengthened all the more mentally, and some other guys like Pascal with all of that energy that can just become that much better by learning and channeling that energy even better.
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KAWHACTUS
khantot wrote:


I've been following Kawhi since his college days and here's an insight from his coach from San Diego State.  Coach Fish also says that Toronto is the perfect fit for him.

Once an Aztec, always an Aztecs.  

Go Kawhi and Go Raptors!


Right on! The rest of the stuff is noise ...
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LX
I’m just watching the film room replay on nbatv. Klay celebrating like mad and strutting after hitting a shot in the second quarter. He would cradle his cajones later on. Too much. Too soon. Especially considering the circumstances. If nothing else they needed to save every last bit of energy, mentally and physically, to continue having an effect defensively throughout. Klay had a nice game, but it was Toronto finishing strong in every quarter, as they have tended to throughout the series as a whole. Even Keel.
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MikeToronto
The team has obviously taken on Kawhi’s personality this season. They are collected, focused and professional. They don’t show much emotion, even people like Lowry and Ibaka who’ve been know for that throughout their careers. If that’s not a true sign of leadership, I don’t know what is.
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Northern Neighbour
The effect of Leonard's even-keel personality and approach to the game is best exhibited in Serge Ibaka. In the past and even earlier this season, Ibaka would raise his finger or both arms in the air after blocking a shot. He would gloat for a few seconds before making his way back up the court. Fast forward to Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals, and Ibaka is high-fiving his teammates with an expressionless look on his face should the ball go out of bounds. If the ball is still in play, he's battling for it and trying to grab the rebound. He's getting back into position in order to thwart another FG attempt. Or as he did in Game 4, he's volleying the blocked basketball up in the air, snatching it away from two Warriors, and passing it to Kyle Lowry. Then he's making his way back up the court, catching a pass from his PG, and shooting and hitting a trailing 3. 

We wouldn't have seen this version of Ibaka in the past, but he's adopted the no-nonsense, all-business persona of #2. And he's become a better player as a result. 
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elT
Northern Neighbour wrote:
The effect of Leonard's even-keel personality and approach to the game is best exhibited in Serge Ibaka. In the past and even earlier this season, Ibaka would raise his finger or both arms in the air after blocking a shot. He would gloat for a few seconds before making his way back up the court. Fast forward to Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals, and Ibaka is high-fiving his teammates with an expressionless look on his face should the ball go out of bounds. If the ball is still in play, he's battling for it and trying to grab the rebound. He's getting back into position in order to thwart another FG attempt. Or as he did in Game 4, he's volleying the blocked basketball up in the air, snatching it away from two Warriors, and passing it to Kyle Lowry. Then he's making his way back up the court, catching a pass from his PG, and shooting and hitting a trailing 3. 

We wouldn't have seen this version of Ibaka in the past, but he's adopted the no-nonsense, all-business persona of #2. And he's become a better player as a result. 


As a wise man once said, play and win with purely professional approach, everything channeled and directed towards task at hand. [wink]
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