When Doc Rivers initially compared Kawhi Leonard to Michael Jeffrey Jordan, the community was set ablaze with reactions (and outrage).
Kawhi's response was much more temperate.
Here is what he told USA Today's Mark Medina on the topic:
“I came a long way to where I am right now," Leonard said following the Clippers’ 104-95 win over the Utah Jazz. “It is just showing my hard work is paying off.”
“He’s one of the guys that everyone looks up to from a competitive standpoint and how he approached every game," Leonard said of Jordan. "You try to nitpick what you can take from him and take it into yourself.”
The comparison to MJ was specifically referring to Kawhi's body, not necessarily to his game or his achievements on the court.
Still, it's quite a comparison nonetheless.
As a strong 6-foot-7, 230 pound forward, Kawhi's frame is certainly up to standards, and he's taking full advantage of it. Through 8 seasons in the league, Kawhi is a 3x All-Star, 2x NBA Champion, 2x Finals MVP, and a 2x Defensive Player of the Year.
To start year nine, Kawhi is currently in the conversation for being considered the top player in the game. He will hope to continue that conversation this season with the Clippers.