Kawhi Leonard returns to Toronto, claims Raptors’ journey to title was exciting – ESPN


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TORONTO — In his to start with return to Toronto considering the fact that remaining the toast of the Raptors’ championship parade, Kawhi Leonard had flashbacks on his push to the Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday early morning.

“The trip [to the championship] was exciting,” Leonard mentioned at the LA Clippers’ early morning shootaround prior to Wednesday night’s match. “I had a terrific time past year with the coaching team, front business and the players. It was a good encounter.”

The All-Star forward mentioned his July final decision to go away Toronto as a no cost agent following one particular year was not quick when he considered the Raptors, Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers.

“Gave it large thought,” Leonard explained of possibly re-signing with Toronto. “I took my time like I did I did not hurry up and make a fast determination. I talked to the entrance business in deep detail. It was a tricky alternative to make.”

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Leonard is slated to obtain his championship ring from the Raptors ahead of Wednesday’s video game, and the franchise has requested enthusiasts to present up earlier than typical for the moment.

Clippers mentor Doc Rivers and fellow All-Star Paul George believe that Leonard will be received like a returning hero. Rivers even claimed that if he were element of the Raptors’ admirer base, he’d be completely ready to retire Leonard’s jersey on the identical night time soon after offering a championship.

“He fulfilled his guarantee,” Rivers reported. “I really don’t know if he promised a championship, but he fulfilled it, anyway. So I consider it will be an awesome reception.”

Leonard does expects to listen to some jeers, nevertheless.

“I imply, there will be some cheers but absolutely much more boos for the reason that they want to win the match,” Leonard explained. “They’re not likely to be cheering for a player that’s on the opposing team. They are continue to rooting for the Raptors.”

Taking items 1 step at a time, as he generally does, Leonard is wanting forward to receiving his 2nd championship ring right before dealing with his old teammates.

“I’ve found it in shots, not in individual,” Leonard claimed of the ring. “I consider it seems to be nice. I want to see it in human being, so it comes whole circle.”