Kawhi Leonard has never pretended to be a media darling nor has ever pined for that kind of attention, and that was on display after Game 4 of the NBA Finals. With the Toronto Raptors up 3-1 in their best of seven against the Golden State Warriors, Leonard delivered a definitive statement to Doris Burke in a postgame on-court interview that has the star trending on Twitter.
“I don’t play hero basketball. I’m not playing for fans. I’m just playing to win. I’m not out here trying to break records,” Leonard said to Burke after his squad’s 105-92 win, much of that due to his play.
That stoic nature that Leonard has become infamous for has seemingly spread to his team, who are all locked in with one win away from dethroning the reigning NBA champions. Pretty certain to say that few saw it being this easy for the Raptors except maybe the Toronto faithful.
We’ve got reactions from NBA Twitter below after Kawhi Leonard’s ice-cold post-game comments below.
Basketball Android Kawhi Leonard Says He Doesn’t Play For Fans, Only To Win, #NBATwitter Reacts was originally published on hiphopwired.com
Yo this nigga is nuts b 😂😭😂😂 pic.twitter.com/dr2wopFYIL— Spank Horton (@SpankHorton) June 8, 2019
that is exactly how i’d expect Kawhi to react if you showed him this stat pic.twitter.com/1HpLt1gWpt— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) June 8, 2019
Kawhi really just played 41 minutes at Oracle being hounded by Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and never turned it over once.— Micah Adams (@MicahAdams13) June 8, 2019
Kawhi gonna come home with the Finals MVP trophy and just tell his family he was employee of the month at work https://t.co/PW36IqqQGe— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) June 8, 2019
Kawhi has infected the entire team. Not a single smile from anyone. pic.twitter.com/dQES7Fqr1x— Ball Is Life 🏀 (@BaIIersOnly) June 8, 2019
Steph having to get past Kawhi and Kyle only to run into Pascal, Serge and Gasol https://t.co/UrgmlY1hYi— hamada (@parallexviews) June 8, 2019
Someone said Kawhi Leonard talks like Dave Chappelle's Prince skit come to life and I can't get that out of my head. pic.twitter.com/tiNVVFwm6f— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) June 8, 2019
Kawhi really bout to end the Heat big 3 run, the Warriors dynasty, and the Spurs dynasty all in a 5 year span #GOAT— Full Court Prez (@fullcourtprez) June 8, 2019
If Toronto closes this out, Kawhi’s playoff run is going to become the stuff of legend. Of course he hasn’t done this alone but he’s been amazing The buzzer beater to send Philly home, knocking off the likely MVP, then taking down the team of the decade. Crown him— The Anonymous Nobody (@el_budget) June 8, 2019
Honestly Kawhi has such an incredible story. Wasn’t a kid who was hyped to be the next Jordan, wasn’t seen as a top recruit in his class, wasn’t a Lottery Pick and wasn’t an All Star until his 5th Season.. Now he might be the best player in the world. Gotta respect that Grind 💪— Mike Korzemba (@mikekorz) June 8, 2019
Kawhi Leonard ended the Miami Heat run and could now end the Golden State run pic.twitter.com/Ot4b3KTVzs— Abdul Memon (@abdulamemon) June 8, 2019
Kawhi Leonard is a cyborg. Sent here to destroy super teams— Jorge Sedano (@Sedano) June 8, 2019