Kevin Durant on Kawhi Leonard: ‘He Really F*CK With Hoops. He’s a Cool Dude to Be Around’

Published 12/01/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Feb 2, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Los Angeles Clippers small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket past Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) and point guard Kyrie Irving (11) and shooting guard James Harden (13) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kawhi Leonard has been up to a lot of things during his prolonged absence from the NBA. Other than basketball, there’s not a lot that Kawhi Leonard likes. However, rap music and cooking are some of the few things he enjoys in his free time. He even appeared as a cameo on the official video of Drake’s song “Way 2 Sexy”. Turns out, Kawhi was not the only NBA sensation who was supposed to feature on Drake’s video. He also invited his good friend, Kevin Durant to join them.

During his time in Toronto, Leonard developed a relationship with the famous rap sensation who is a die-hard supporter of the Raptors. And his meeting with Durant during the shoot left Kevin with only praises about him.

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 Kevin Durant on how it’s like to be around Kawhi Leonard

During an interview with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles on the Knuckleheads, Durant revealed why he got along with Kawhi Leonard. While talking about his friendship with Drake, Durant said, “He [Drake] just hit me up and said ‘I got a scene I wanna shoot, I want you to be a part of it.’ And I was like of course bro. This is gonna go down in history, you one of the greats so of course I had to go show up.”

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Further, he added, “Then you see Kawhi join. [Laughs] That was epic, and it was Kawhi to the T. He really f*ck with hoops. Excuse my language, he really likes hoops. He’s a cool dude to be around” 

What did Kawhi Leonard do in his prolonged absence due to injury?

Kawhi Leonard engaged himself in many activities during his time off from the NBA. Earlier this season, he was spotted spending time in the studios listening to rap sensations like Polo G and Lil Uzi Vert. Then he even released his first album named “Culture Jam” with music from such exceptional artists.

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During Thanksgiving, Kawhi even engaged in some cooking as well. He made a batch of lobsters. Nevertheless, what can certainly be said is Kawhi has definitely kept himself engaged while recovering from his injury.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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