During an appearance on an NBA Finals preview special on ESPN Tuesday, Rivers lavished praised on Leonard, going as far as to compare him to Michael Jordan.
"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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High praise for Leonard
“He is the most like Jordan that we’ve seen,” Rivers said. “There’s a lot of great players. LeBron is phenomenal. KD is phenomenal.
“Not that he’s 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 3-point shooting.”
Clippers expected to pursue Leonard in free agency
It’s no secret that the Clippers — who have maneuvered to create salary cap space for the summer’s blockbuster free agent class —are interested in pursuing Leonard, a Southern California native.
Caesar’s Palace recently laid odds on Leonard’s free agent landing spot, naming the Clippers as -200 favorites to land the prized free agent. The Raptors had the next best odds at +125 with the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers listed behind them.
Adam Silver: Rivers crossed ‘a bright line’
NBA commissioner Adam Sliver spoke with The Crossover about the fine and noted that River was obligated by NBA rules to decline a question like the one he answered on the ESPN set.
— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) May 31, 2019
“I understand the competing interest of the media in hearing a coach’s view about a current NBA player,” Silver said. “But it’s something where there’s a bright line in this league and you’re not allowed to do it.
“It’s a balance of interests. I understand that. But he unfortunately crossed a bright line.”
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