Clippers Coach Believes Kawhi Leonard and Paul George’s Style Reflects Kobe Bryant

Published 05/08/2021, 6:13 AM EDT
Dec 25, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) is tended to after an injury during a play in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters


LA Clippers stars, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, are one of the most impressive duos of the league. Their tremendous abilities are now being compared to the legend, Kobe Bryant.

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Head coach Tyronn Lue recently made a bold statement by setting similarities between his team’s two key players and ‘Black Mamba’.

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George form a powerful offense for the Clippers, which currently stands at the third seed in the West. The duo is nearly averaging a combined 50 points per game in the 2020-21 season. With such numbers, they ought to be included in the legendary business soon.

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Jan 22, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) drives to the basket between LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

Tyronn Lue compliments Kawhi’s jumpers

The ‘Klaw’, as one would like to call Kawhi, has a different set of hands for mid-range jumpers. NBA fans do remember Kobe Bryant possessing the same skillset during his days on the court. Moreover, Kawhi’s coach agrees to this more than anyone.

Recently, Lue coupled a few aspects of Kawhi and Paul that draw similarity with the former Lakers legend. “I think with Kawhi, just the mid-range. With PG just the build and athleticism,” Clippers coach added. “Couple things are the same, but there’s a lot of differences as well.”

Clippers duo achieve one Kobe Bryant formula each

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Kawhi’s illustrative career until now shows a significant resemblance in game-style with the 5-time NBA champion. Like Lue mentioned, there exist a lot of differences, but the primary jumper move is what brings the two into the same group.

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Meanwhile, Paul’s athleticism is what is being called ‘similar’ to Kobe. The latter has been a startling player throughout his career across all ends of the court. If a player achieves even one aspect of his legacy, that would become a tale to be told.

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Clippers’ star duo surely has a lot to feel proud about in the years to come!

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