Tim Sweeney Jr., former Kawhi Leonard’s head coach at Martin Luther King Jr. High saw Leonard at the team’s first practice and his first impression about the Klaw were nothing but great. He even dared to compare the 2x NBA champion with one of the best defenders in the history of the league.
“This kid’s going to be an NBA All-Star by the time we’re done with him,” Sweeney remembers telling Leonard’s father, according to Paolo Uggetti of The Ringer. “He was a Dennis Rodman that could score.”
Kawhi Leonard has had a terrific career so far, but back in the day, when he was trying to make his way to the NBA, he wasn’t as sought-after as he was during the 2019 free agency.
Before he one of the best players in the world, Kawhi was famous around the NBA for his defense and his wingspan.
Leonard has become one of the best and deadliest players in the league. Ever since his days with San Diego State, the Klaw started to show his great defense, improving on it when he landed in the San Antonio Spurs. His offense has gotten a lot better in recent seasons, and now Leonard is a two-time NBA champion, winning the MVP award in each of those championships.
As far as we know, his high school coach was right on his predictions. This guy has become a star working silently and showing nothing but great things.