Kawhi Leonard Demanded Clippers Get Better Before Joining Them, According To Doc Rivers

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Kawhi Leonard signing with the Clippers has to be the biggest story this past NBA postseason. Before coming to Los Angeles, Leonard led the Toronto Raptors to their first-ever NBA championship against the Golden State Warriors. Following the championship, Leonard signed with the Clippers and Paul George followed right after.

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Clippers coach Doc Rivers spoke about what it was like to meet Kawhi at the meeting. Rivers said that Leonard was looking forward to play for the team but demanded they get better beforehand.

“He said, ‘I want to play for you,’ and he pointed at me,” Rivers said. “He said, ‘Mr. Ballmer, I love the things you do and what you stand for, but your team is not good enough and if you don’t change your team, I’m not coming.’”

Following the meeting, the Clippers got to work and immediately acted on bringing in Paul George from Oklahoma. Considering the hype behind the Clippers this season, there’s high expectations for them to bring the city of Los Angeles a championship.

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