Coach Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers recently got in a bit of trouble with the NBA for comments made about Toronto Raptors’ star Kawhi Leonard. Rivers made a recent appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter Special: NBA Finals Preview earlier this week and controversially compared Leonard to Michael Jordan.
“He is the most like (Michael) Jordan that we’ve seen,” Rivers said. “Not that he is Jordan or anything like that, but he’s the most like him. Big hands, post game, can finish, great leaper, great defender, in-between game, if you beat him to the spot he bumps you off and then you add his three-point shooting.”
Aside from Rivers not mentioning Kobe Bryant as the closest player to Jordan, he received backlash with many fans believing that he was tampering the Leonard move. While this was the case and Rivers was charged $50K for tampering, the Clippers are still favorites to sign Kawhi in this upcoming off-season.
“Kawhi is the most like Jordan we’ve seen.”
Doc Rivers has some high praise for Kawhi Leonard. pic.twitter.com/i1R2gR1VrT
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