Kawhi Leonard was wrong to issue a public statement of thanks to the San Antonio Spurs.
That’s according to former Chicago Bulls point guard Jay Williams, who believes it is too out of character from the All-Star.
Leonard broke his silence for the first time since a huge trade saw him moved from the San Antonio Spurs to the Toronto Raptors with DeMar DeRozan going the other way.
The 27-year-old’s relationship with San Antonio became toxic following a dispute over his injury problems last season.
But Leonard thanked “the entire Spurs organisation” as well as coach Gregg Popovich, Spurs fans and his former team-mates – stating: “Through all the ups and downs, and I’m glad there were many more ups, I’ll never forget what we have shared and accomplished together.”
Yet Williams feels as though Leonard would have been better suited avoiding any public comment – although he didn’t directly address the drama of the last 12 months.
“We talk a lot about athletes being authentic to who they are, I don’t think that’s Kawhi,” Williams told Get Up! on ESPN.
“I almost in a way wish he hadn’t have said anything, because that’s who Kawhi is.
“He doesn’t really say anything and that’s fine, just let your play dictate how you feel on the court. But that wasn’t Kawhi.”
LeBron James is the sure-fire winner of the MVP award for the 2018-19 season, Jalen Rose says.
ESPN Forecast panel predicted James to trump the competition despite his move to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Western Conference, where the 33-year-old will face a bigger challenge than ever.
The Lakers have not even managed to make the playoffs in any of the last five seasons.
But ex-NBA swingman Rose believes restoring the Lakers to former glories is a challenge that four-time MVP winner James will thrive off of in order to come out on top for the prestigious regular season award against the likes of Anthony Davis, James Harden and Kevin Durant.
He said: “LeBron James is going to win the MVP this year. LeBron is about to win every award, socially, politically, MVP.
“He’s on the biggest stage in Los Angeles, they’re going to be improved, the voters carry storylines – I am a voter.
“He is going to win MVP this year. He hasn’t won it in five years, he’s recognised as the best player in the game…”
Carmelo Anthony is on the verge of being officially announced as a Houston Rockets player and he will be warmly welcomed according to new team-mate Gerald Green.
Anthony cleared free-agency waivers after a trade to the Atlanta Hawks from the Oklahoma City Thunder last week and has reportedly told Houston of his intent to join them when he returns from a trip to Africa. He will sign a one-year, $2.4million deal.
Some have suggested that the 10-time All-Star will be more of a hindrance than a help for the championship-chasing Rockets as he comes into the upcoming season off the back of the worst season of his 15-year career in the NBA.
But veteran forward Green, who joined the Rockets a year ago, insists the 34-year-old will be a welcome addition to Houston’s roster.
“I’m loving it, I really am,” Green said. “We’re adding a proven player, a future Hall-of-Famer.
“I don’t really think he’s ever had a point guard like Chris Paul before. I don’t think he’s played with a scorer, not like James Harden before.
“It’s gonna work. I want him to be Melo. I think the Rockets are going to accept him with open arms just like they accepted me.
“If they accepted me and I ain’t did nothing, believe me, we’re gonna accept Melo. Houston’s going to embrace him.
“We know we have that chance to win a championship. We want to run it back.”