Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse stated he was disenchanted by Kawhi Leonard’s determination to depart the workforce however stated he understood the famous person’s want to return to his native California to hitch the Los Angeles Clippers in free company.
“I think you can’t blame a guy for wanting to go home,” Nurse stated Saturday night time in Las Vegas, the place he was watching summer season league video games, per ESPN.
“That’s what he texted me today. ‘I’m going home.’ And I just said, ‘You’ve changed a lot of lives, man, by what you’ve accomplished in Toronto. Mine especially.’ And thanked him for what he did, and we’ll look to the future, and we’ll look to [win a title] again.”
Leonard is becoming a member of the Clippers on a four-year, $141m contract, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.
The Clippers additionally acquired Paul George from the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder to pair with Leonard.
Nurse stated he heard the information whereas with members of his workers.
“I was just hanging out with a couple of the assistants,” Nurse stated. “Bought the textual content message after which bought the information report shortly afterward. I’m not completely stunned. I suppose all of us knew that [Leonard leaving] was a state of affairs that would occur. He delivered big-time, performed his coronary heart out for us.
“We definitely are going to relish this championship for a very long time. And we will cease celebrating it fairly quickly. Not fairly but, however then we’ll get again to work.
“I imply we bought an incredible problem forward of us, however I all the time say that the problem is our gasoline and the tank is definitely full. So we bought an opportunity for some guys to develop their roles possibly that would not have had expanded roles within the state of affairs, and I suppose we bought some guys able to doing that.
“So I look ahead to the problem as I stated, and let’s go get after it.”
Nurse stated Leonard has left behind a championship legacy and a few nice recollections.
“It is definitely disappointing,” Nurse said. “I suppose, to begin with, he is an important particular person. He was unbelievably enjoyable to teach, simply locked in and loaded and able to go. Folks would ask me, ‘What was it like teaching him?’
“And I always said the best thing was I got to stand there on the courtside and watch his guy go to work. That was something that I’ll never forget. Now we got to go kick his ass.”
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