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Kawhi Leonard is already a quiet killer for the Spurs

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04:30 PM ET 06.13 | One day, Tim Duncan won't be around. Back in 2012 coach Gregg Popovich, a man of few words himself, mentioned that forward Kawhi Leonard would be the next face of the San Antonio Spurs. A year later, Leonard is already a quiet but deadly force coming into his own. Leonard has taken juice out of MVP LeBron James' game during the NBA Finals, but the Spurs small forward isn't making a big hubbub about it. "I really don't think nothing of (guarding James)," Leonard said of holding James to 39 percent shooting in the finals. "I know he's a great player ??? the best player in the NBA right now ??? but I don't know, I'm just going out there and playing as hard as I can. If I don't, then it's going to just be easy for him. You don't want to go home saying, 'Oh, why was I so passive and scared to guard him when I could've been playing my hardest and just seen what happens from there.' "

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June 13, 2013  04:51 PM ET

Needs a LOT o refinement with his offense if he's going to be the "face of the franchise".

And let's not get too excited, Lebron has missed many makeable shots. It's gonna start falling sooner than later.

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June 13, 2013  05:21 PM ET

Before long we'll be calling him LeOnard (the "O" is silent), the most interesting man in basketball.

I don't always guard LeBron, but when I do, he shoots 33%.

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June 13, 2013  11:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Needs a LOT o refinement with his offense............

Yeah. Yhe fact that he averages 49% from the field, 37% from 3-point line and 82% from the FT line means nothing. He MUST refine......SOMETHING....

He scores off the spot-up (catch and shoot), he scores of the dribble (the pull up) and he scores going to the basket.

Now.....why don't you be a trooper and tell us what part of his game needs to be refined? It's even OK if JGB helps you out a bit ;-) .....

June 14, 2013  09:14 AM ET

Come Back To California, Bro.

June 14, 2013  01:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Yeah. Yhe fact that he averages 49% from the field, 37% from 3-point line and 82% from the FT line means nothing. He MUST refine......SOMETHING.... He scores off the spot-up (catch and shoot), he scores of the dribble (the pull up) and he scores going to the basket. Now.....why don't you be a trooper and tell us what part of his game needs to be refined? It's even OK if JGB helps you out a bit ;-) .....

Foolish foolish foolish. No dearth of dumbness on these forums. Don't throw some stats around without seeing the big picture. And READ the comments in it's entirety.
The question is about him being the "face of the franchise", NOT make a few shots.
Can he be their #1 scoring option? Can he create his own shot and create for others? Can he successfully score when teams start putting their best defenders on him or double him?

But it's summer time I understand why you would simple take the easy route and drink the koolaid.

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June 17, 2013  11:55 AM ET
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Foolish foolish foolish. No dearth of dumbness on these forums.

Don't throw some stats around without seeing the big picture. And READ the comments in it's entirety.The question is about him being the "face of the franchise", NOT make a few shots.Can he be their #1 scoring option? Can he create his own shot and create for others? Can he successfully score when teams start putting their best defenders on him or double him?But it's summer time I understand why you would simple take the easy route and drink the koolaid.

1. To see dumbness, one need only look at the ramblings in your posts......
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2. Who said that he was to be the "face of the franchise" or "their #1 scoring option"? You? Sounds like this is something you pulled from your defecation oriface...........

3. Leonard will be a consistant 16ppg/8rpg ball player in the next couple of years. He will be a defensive stalwart. He may never be an all-star. And all that, does not require him to 'polish his offensive game'...........

4. Next thing you know, you'll be harping about him never being the next LBJ.....even when no one but you would ever said he was supposed to be in the first place.

5. Yeah....I may drink a bit of kool-aid from time-to-time; but the gut-rot you've been drinking is apparently a lot stronger......

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