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Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard ‘wants to win,’ Paul George ‘ready to lead’

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Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard ‘wants to win,’ Paul George ‘ready to lead’

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Sep 28
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The Los Angeles Clippers held media day at their training facility on Monday.

At the event, all attention was directed to their superstar forward Kawhi Leonard, who just signed a four-year, $176.3 million contract in August. The 30-year-old is still recovering from a knee injury he suffered back in July.

“I wanted to play,” said Leonard. “I mean, the best situation for me to me was to do it one-and-one and then opt out and sign a long-term, five-year deal, but there’s a lot of concerns that brings up for you guys and your job [sports media] and it creates storylines that I’m going to leave the team.”

The two-time NBA champion said he intended to honor his contract in Los Angeles.

“I’m here,” Leonard said. “I’m here to be a Clipper. I’m not going to another team unless something drastic happens, but I’m here for the long run.”

Clippers coach Tyronn Lue shared his prediction on Leonard’s return.

“I hope he comes back October 21,” said Lue. “But the reality is he’s not going to be ready then. We don’t want to force him or put any pressure on him. We want to make sure he’s rehabbing, doing everything he can to get back as soon as possible, and if that’s next season, that’s next season.”

Meanwhile, All-Star forward Paul George has set his targets for the upcoming season.

“I’m ready to lead,” said George, who averaged 29.6 points, 11 rebounds, and 5.6 assists last postseason. I think I proved it and showed it to myself during the playoffs in that run, that stretch against Phoenix, whether it was rebounding, pushing the tempo, play-making, scoring the ball. That really just fed my appetite even more.”

The Clippers start their preseason against the Denver Nuggets on October 4.

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