One of the biggest mysteries that was finally answered recently was if Kawhi Leonard knew how to smile. Leonard always appears emotionless on the court and only in an interview whilst he was still with the San Antonio Spurs did we finally find out that he does indeed laugh and smile. The reason why he is very reserved is actually very tragic. When Kawhi was younger his father Mark Leonard was shot and killed at the Compton car wash he owned. Kawhi was never the same after that, hence the lack of emotion he shows.
Maybe Kawhi is becoming softer and softer throughout his 20s. He recently told what I assume is his first ever joke in an interview for his new team the Toronto Raptors. “What is the first thing an elf learns in school? The Elf-abet.” Yeah, the joke is pretty bad but any joke Kawhi tells is funny thanks to they stoned-faced way he drops the punchline.
This is the biggest story of the season so far people. Forget LeBron with the Lakers, forget the whole KD/Draymond Green scenario, this is the NBA at its peak and it’s all downhill from here. On a side note, Kawhi is my front-runner for MVP thanks to his 26 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals a game that has led the Raptors to the best record in the NBA so far. Despite Kawhi showing us he has a sense of humor he and the Raptors are no joke. They are a real title-contender for the first time in the franchise’s history and Kawhi has shown to be a real difference maker in big Playoff series.
Don’t forget it was Kawhi who was the Finals MVP when the Spurs won their title in 2014. Leonard averaged 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds on 61.2% from the floor and 57.9% from the 3-point line.
Check the Kawhi Leonard laughing compilation.