‘Kill Him’: Former NBA Champion Suggests LeBron James Would Receive Hate if He Behaved Like Kawhi Leonard

Published 08/03/2021, 9:43 PM EDT
May 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) is defended by LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and center Ivica Zubac (40) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Kawhi Leonard is one such NBA superstar who prefers to stay quiet, and that helps him dodge almost every bullet or storm. One of the top five active small forwards in the league, the Clippers star is hence never as much criticized as LeBron James. 

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But it was until The Claw came into the radar of former NBA Champion Kendrick Perkins. He literally scrutinized everything wrong with the 2x NBA Champion and made a strong case against the LA native. 

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Kendrick Perkins brutally lashed out at Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard

In a recent interview, the 36-YO KP went highly sarcastic and unforgiving as he pulled Kawhi Leonard behind bars. The former champion detailed, “There’s an old saying that goes around the country of America. Kawhi Leonard is a guy that throws stones and hides his hand… We have been letting him off the hook for too long and he’s the guy that flies under the radar and has been doing sneaky stuff… just because he’s Kawhi, we don’t address it.”

Interestingly, a report revealed how Russell Westbrook had contacted Kawhi Leonard in 2019 with a hope to join the Clippers. Instead, The Claw had allegedly used that info to call PG and reject Russ.

Kendrick noted this and added, “We’re looking at this situation with him and Russell Westbrook. This is supposed to be a homie, this is a confidential conversation. You don’t use this information or ignore this brother’s call to lure Paul George to come to the Clippers.” 

May 25, 2021; LeBron James during the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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KP dragged LeBron James into the conversation

Now, everyone remembers how the Clippers blew away their 3-1 lead over the Nuggets in the WC Semis last year. The entire blame for that loss came over the shoulders of PG and Doc Rivers. In fact, the critics were quick to jump to the conclusion that Playoff P led to the sudden exit of coach Doc. 

As the former Center noted, “When you get to firing Doc Rivers, everyone wants to point the finger on PG… but Kawhi Leonard was right there.” 

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The other crucial issue is Kawhi Leonard’s lack of leadership. This year, he injured himself in Game 4 against Jazz and then showed up only in LA games where he preferred sitting alone, not vocally helping anyone on the bench. 

This did not miss KP’s critical eyes as he emphasized how LeBron James would never get away with things like that. The popular analyst expressed, “Kawhi Leonard gets hurt, he goes down… most guys… they’re in trenches with guys, giving pep talk, how you’re helping the young guys like Terence Mann? Let LeBron James do some stuff like that and watch out people going to media and kill him.”

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So do you agree with Perkins and believe that the Claw has major flaws? Help us learn your opinion in the comments section below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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