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Kawhi Leonard continues to attract attention after taking the Toronto Raptors to the NBA finals, and his uncle, Dennis Robertson, is proud of what his family member has achieved.
"Reaching the final is a big problem," Robertson told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. "This is a team that has never been in the final and we are happy with that, it feels good with what we had last year … What he achieved was incredible, that's what the stars do. . and off the court it is well deserved. "
Robertson is Leonard's business and career strategist, and he took the opportunity to speak on Sunday of the Stars on a variety of topics.
Among the most interesting topics was Leonard's fight with the San Antonio Spurs, which led him to be traded with the Raptors in the offseason. The striker had only played nine games the previous season due to a thigh injury, but Spurs medical staff seemed to disagree with the diagnosis.
Robertson pointed out that this was the main problem between the two parties:
"I think it just became a lack of confidence, they did not think Kawhi could not play and that caused a lack of confidence in us and then we did not believe in them." Every time a player says he is not able to play, you I should believe him, why would Kawhi stop playing all of a sudden, he's a competitor, sometimes the doctors on this team tell you what you can and can not do, and Kawhi was too sore to get out there. , and after that, the relationship could not be recovered and we decided that we had to move forward ".
The Raptors were the beneficiaries, and they got a superstar who could take the team to the NBA Finals. Leonard has averaged 31.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in the playoffs so far, including a dominant effort in Game 6 of the series against the Milwaukee Bucks when he scored 27 points with 17 rebounds and seven assists.
Adding to his shots in the last three rounds, it has been all that the team dreamed of starting the year.
"He's the best player in the league, and we're glad he's in Toronto," team president Masai Ujiri said after Saturday's victory. Eric Koreen of Athletic.
There is still an important question about whether he will remain with the organization this offseason or go to free agency, but apparently that is not in the player's mind.
"We're not thinking about free agency, it's the Warriors. [right now]", Added Robertson." Once we finish the season, we will direct our attention to free agency. But now we're just having fun. This has been a great year. "
Even if he finds a new destination in free agency, Toronto should not be too disappointed considering his postseason contributions.