What Is He Thinking? The Rise of an NBA Superstar...

Our Weekly 2 Minute Read

Edition 50 - June 16, 2019


With the NBA finals all over national sports television these past two weeks, we can't help but notice the NBA superstar of the Toronto Raptors - Kawhi Leonard.

I've been a huge fan of Kawhi Leonard since his days at San Diego State University. Yes, he is an amazing basketball player, but more importantly, he is a man of excellent character.

When I think of sports leaders - captains of the team, emotionally-intense players, or abnormally physical specimens - I picture chest pounding, screaming, in-your-face type of players. Those are the men/women that you picture to fire up your favorite sports team.

Kawhi is the complete opposite. Kawhi has the same calm, collective demeanor with the same facial reaction regardless of the situation. He's a man of very few words with reporters often struggling to get more than one sentence out of him. (A huge reason his laughing clip went so viral, was because nobody has ever heard him laugh before).

Yet Kawhi is still the leader of the Raptors because he leads by example. His phrase, "board man gets paid" is a reflection of his work ethic. In common terms, Kawhi is saying that the hardest worker (person who gets boards aka rebounds) will be compensated the most.

His calmness has been passed to his teammates. They're able to remain focused and clear-headed regardless of the situation. Instead, he lets his action do the talking, and as a result, we are witnessing his rise to greatness.