‘He Owes Us’: NBA Analyst Stephen A. Smith Calls Out Kawhi Leonard to Step Up for LA Clippers

Published 03/16/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Feb 5, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) is defended by Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) in the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The LA Clippers are looked at as Western Conference favorites, but they’re not even in the Top 3 at the moment. The Clippers have been inconsistent, and Stephen A. Smith is livid with Kawhi Leonard that he is not providing more to the team. 

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The Clippers came into the regular-season as a dominant unit, but they’ve been skidding from the track quite often. A recent blowout loss to the New Orleans Pelicans was an indeed alarming sign that the Clips need to get their act together. 

“The Clippers should be concerned. Kawhi Leonard is also right when he says that great teams are consistent, because they are,” Stephen A. Smith mentioned on ESPN. 

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“But I’ve got some good news for you, Kawhi Leonard. The Clippers are consistent. Consistently disappointing when you’re relying upon something else from now.”

Feb 2, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Los Angeles Clippers small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen A. Smith says Kawhi Leonard needs to grab more attention

Kawhi Leonard is still the No. 1 player on the Clippers’ roster. He still holds all the privileges, but the team isn’t all about Leonard. It is not a one-man show anymore, but they’re still failing to maintain consistency. 

“Since the start of February, they’ve only won two games against teams that are currently in playoff positions. That’s very concerning,” Smith mentioned about the Clippers, before saying that they’re looking nothing like a championship-contending team at the moment. 

“I also know it’s time for Kawhi Leonard to get a whole bunch of attention pushed in his direction. It’s time for him to step up,” Stephen A. Smith stated. The ESPN analyst dished out the facts that Leonard is averaging more than 26 PPG in 51.7% shooting, but the hype has faded. 

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“A lot was promised because of him. A new era for the Clippers because of him but so far he’s been disappointing, that’s not a new era, that’s the same old Clippers. He owes us him versus LeBron in the postseason, anything else is unacceptable,” Smith added. 

Stephen A was visibly distraught when talking about the Clippers’ state. Of course, the emotions can boil up when a hyped-up team does not perform to the expectations. Kawhi Leonard and the LA Clippers bottled their chance last season, but will they avenge it in 2021? 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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