Kawhi Leonard grateful to have made history with the Raptors, talks free agency | 2019 NBA Finals

  • Published: 14 June 2019
  • 2019 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard joins Scott Van Pelt to talk about the Toronto Raptors' win vs. the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals. He reflects on making history as he and his teammates bring the trophy back to Toronto, Canada for the first time in franchise history. He shares the advice he gives to his teammates, specifically in regards to the media attention that comes along with becoming a successful team, but he makes sure to stay humble when talking about his previous experience in the NBA Finals with the San Antonio Spurs and earning the 2014 NBA Finals MVP honors. Leonard is proud of the team that the Raptors have become, with "no one butting heads" to distract from the work on the hardwood and smiles as he talks about what it means to him to bring a trophy back to Jurassic Park and the fans in Toronto. He lastly touches upon free agency, saying he's taking it day-to-day and will take some time to enjoy the victory.

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  • Sami Reyes
    Sami Reyes  3 weeks back

    Kawhi doesn’t matter. McCaw 3 peated

    • Joseph_T
      Joseph_T  1 months back

      Miss this cutieeee. See you Wednesday!

      • laes38
        laes38  4 months back

        Hadn't seen this until now. Really great interview with Kawhi. He's so smart & just a really great guy. Raptors were lucky to have him. Thanks Kawhi!

        • CoolsBreeze
          CoolsBreeze  4 months back

          He came to Toronto and did his job and once his job was done he went home. It was all business to him. Does he deserve praise from rap fans? Of course. He came and did something insanely special. But a jersey to be retired? No. That honour belongs to people that love the city and the organization and give their heart and soul.

          • Wesley Uy
            Wesley Uy  4 months back

            This is the same guy who said, together with Stephen A. that the Raptors were done against the Bucks. So fucking wrong.

            • siggi zippan
              siggi zippan  4 months back

              What about the city of Toronto? The acceptance of the people of the city of Toronto. He does not know say it. Because he does only about himself but he never said anything about the Raptors. Kahwi you should be ashamed of yourselves and I am not surprised as a Canadian that you escaped to the Clippers in Los Angeles. The Raptors know where are you going and Toronto does not play not in any of it. Because, you were always gunning for LA. Toronto, was only a stopover. And I am very disappointed in you as a Torontoian and Canadian. We brought you love, acceptance and you disappointed us.

              • Cam Moose
                Cam Moose  5 months back

                Kawhi is amazing. But he didn't win the title alone. For years now teams are 2/3 stack all stars just to contend.
                Raptors were the complete well rounded team. Like back in the day.
                That how they won. The game changed to this new school stack line up run gun team.
                Having this all around built team like the raps corrupted the playoff.
                The old school ball. Kawhi left becuase he had to over work in the playoff and he cant continue to play like this at this point of his health and career.
                He didnt have faith TORONTO would develop enough or attract help to ez his game. Love Toronto love Kawhi love 2020 season to come

                • Cam Moose
                  Cam Moose  4 months back

                  @DEPRESSED RAPTORS FAN yes i agree. We have good pieces. They should consider moving some big contract guys since theyre contracts are up. I would only want to keep ibaka.
                  Maybe trade gasol

                • DEPRESSED RAPTORS FAN
                  DEPRESSED RAPTORS FAN  4 months back

                  Cam Moose Yeah they don’t have to rebuild tbh, VanVleet, OG and Siakam is a nice core they’re just a couple pieces away maybe snag Jaylen Brown from Boston trade for Beal and draft a nice center

                • Cam Moose
                  Cam Moose  4 months back

                  @DEPRESSED RAPTORS FAN that would be amazing dou. If we dont do well they will move lowry gasol and ibaka expiring contract and start rebuild next year with lots of money.
                  But i dont think they should rebuild they have to keep moving pieces

                • DEPRESSED RAPTORS FAN
                  DEPRESSED RAPTORS FAN  4 months back

                  Cam Moose Agreed the Raptors will most definitely make the playoffs and I think they might pull off a trade to land Bradley Beal to pair with Pascal Siakam

                • Cam Moose
                  Cam Moose  4 months back

                  @DEPRESSED RAPTORS FAN i agree.
                  Raptors will still make playoff and what i believe will happen is right before the playoff we will make a crazy trade with all the small pieces and get a superstar from a team that wants to rebuild. Probably someone with only this year left. And we will make a serious run in the playoff

              • Bb Rr
                Bb Rr  5 months back

                I am a Raptors fan, I really apperciate what you did in Toronto, but believe it or not, you will regret that you left Toronto. I wish you all the best.

                • Real eyes No lies
                  Real eyes No lies  6 months back

                  “Something the raptors can build on” he knew he was leaving the whole time and deserves it he help the raptors get that ring he even was quoted that he said I was granted to go home hell yea he can go home he did his job he’s a champ and a raptor for life

                  • phiferellis
                    phiferellis  6 months back

                    Watching this in hindsight you can see he never was seriously going to stay in Toronto

                    • N` chan
                      N` chan  6 months back

                      Should have known he wasnt coming back after this interview. "Something the raptors can build on" then corrected himself

                      • Freezy DMX
                        Freezy DMX  6 months back

                        Kawhi is the greatest ever after MJ. He is a legend, it was amazing enjoy and have fun.

                        • 888kaddy
                          888kaddy  6 months back

                          Not my boy! He should have defended the championship. Then if not successful moved on. Guess he didn't like Toronto or Canadians.
                          Definitely his loss!! He wasn't the sole reason that Raps won. He'll see that in 2020. Raps will win again because of Masai not Kawhi.

                          • Elaine Hsieh
                            Elaine Hsieh  6 months back

                            5:01 Kawhi remembers to smile is adorable :) I hoped he stays in Toronto, but wish him everything well in LA!

                            • DubbleLzNhell
                              DubbleLzNhell  6 months back

                              He cared about it. I wish he was still here. But he played his ass off when he was in Toronto. He wanted to bring them to the promised land. And he probably knew beforehand that he had only one opportunity to do it. The greatest sports memory I have enjoyed. Good luck in LA, Kawhi

                              • Dxrrell Mxller
                                Dxrrell Mxller  7 months back

                                he was already talking like hes leaving

                                • HEY YOU
                                  HEY YOU  7 months back


                                  • Bakoobie
                                    Bakoobie  7 months back

                                    He at the clippers now...

                                • Bil Rogerson
                                  Bil Rogerson  7 months back

                                  Mr. Leonard drives a 20 year old reliable car. I think the honest team who does not try to bribe him will end up as the winners.

                                  • GenocidexX7
                                    GenocidexX7  7 months back

                                    anybody have a link to the highlights right before this interview?

                                    • Gee Garcia
                                      Gee Garcia  7 months back

                                      In a league where every player shares every goddamn thing possible on their social media and broadcast everything possible... Kawhi is a breath of fresh air with his quiet, unrevealing attitude. Dude balls out on the court and doesnt talk shit. Well deserved 💍

                                      • OMG KO
                                        OMG KO  7 months back

                                        Why the heck do people keep calling him a fun guy? I mean even people who don’t know him think they know him. 😂

                                        • Joanna
                                          Joanna  7 months back


                                          • The JD experiment
                                            The JD experiment  7 months back

                                            This guy put new balance kicks on the map 😂

                                            • greg oscar
                                              greg oscar  7 months back

                                              It's good Toronto won a championship cos it's the last one they'll see. I don't understand what an inferiority complex that city has? First what "Canadian" championship is this? Most of the players on the team are American, and African. So what the city is in Canada that's true, but most of the people who live in Toronto are non Torontonian born. A lot of them are bandwagon jumpers not real fans. Where were the Raptors fans years ago? nowhere exactly. Maybe what 10,000 a game? or less? All of a sudden they win the NBA championship and they go bonkers in a resentful kind of way. Boooing a league superstar like Kevin Durant when the man was clearly hurt. Only a classless moronic city like Toronto would do such a thing. As for your "fun guy" Kawhi Leonard? He's already won a championship and once LA Lakers ( an always serious contender) give him more bucks he's off shoo gone. He has family in LA you think he gonna stick around in cold ass Toronto" we the north". Again what's with the "we the North" bull***. Like you some kind of special? big **** deal you're in Canada wow. And then you have that moron Drake who flies around his stupid jet indicating that heez the man. Ok Drake yeah you're a famous rapper we all know, and you like showing off yeah fine. Fuck Toronto and Toronto fans. They're fake fans and represent a stupid city. Kawhi will probably leave for bigger and better or greener pastures and Toronto will suck it next year from the likes of Houston, Lakers, and Golden State. Haha hia haaa .

                                              • greg oscar
                                                greg oscar  4 months back

                                                @Dale Winston yo mama is reading it.

                                              • DEPRESSED RAPTORS FAN
                                                DEPRESSED RAPTORS FAN  4 months back

                                                greg oscar Bitter American 😂😂 without a Canadian basketball wouldn’t have existed in the first place clown

                                              • Bakoobie
                                                Bakoobie  7 months back

                                                He went to LA... clippers.

                                              • Dale Winston
                                                Dale Winston  7 months back

                                                Take youre hating ass to sleep nobodies reading all tht

                                            • Dr. Rick
                                              Dr. Rick  7 months back

                                              No type of facial expression😂😂

                                              • P S98
                                                P S98  7 months back

                                                Kawhi "fun guy" Leonard

                                                • jk lauderdale
                                                  jk lauderdale  7 months back

                                                  "Something the Raptors could build on"..."get THEM to the finals" - There is no US, no WE

                                                  He's outta there and it's a damn shame. Still, with luck he's headed to the Clippers where he can wreak havoc on the West and leave my Heat alone

                                                  • Robert Newfboi
                                                    Robert Newfboi  7 months back

                                                    He's staying cant leave after a championship

                                                    • Robert Newfboi
                                                      Robert Newfboi  6 months back

                                                      @Hoang Vo over

                                                    • Robert Newfboi
                                                      Robert Newfboi  6 months back

                                                      Pretty dumb but ohwell if I had the chance to go home to my home state and play I would

                                                    • Hoang Vo
                                                      Hoang Vo  6 months back

                                                      This comment aged well

                                                  • Johntanonplays
                                                    Johntanonplays  7 months back

                                                    No wonder why kawhi wear new balance cause he wants to balance the warriors like thanos

                                                    • Chrisp
                                                      Chrisp  7 months back

                                                      He said it's something the Raptors can work on, well that's the answer, he's gone

                                                      • Shumayel Khan
                                                        Shumayel Khan  7 months back

                                                        Chrisp possible..you think maybe he just views each organization as separate and him as the individual skilled player? He talked about his team mentality later on... maybe I'm reaching

                                                    • KJ
                                                      KJ  7 months back

                                                      Made history by throwing a fit and demanding to be traded like a little bitch more like it

                                                      • Mithaa Inparajan
                                                        Mithaa Inparajan  7 months back

                                                        He smiled?

                                                        • Janet's BFF
                                                          Janet's BFF  7 months back

                                                          He’s a great player!!!
                                                          The Warriors were too injured and Curry is not a player that can lead his team or be there when it matters.

                                                          • Bob Smith
                                                            Bob Smith  7 months back

                                                            Coming through like curry in the clutch.. all the way up

                                                        • Party Cat
                                                          Party Cat  7 months back

                                                          Talks free agency for 35 seconds

                                                          • fallout man
                                                            fallout man  7 months back

                                                            This man is out next year. He keeps hinting at it all the time 😕

                                                            • Mario Gordon
                                                              Mario Gordon  7 months back

                                                              Who got the last laugh finals mvp hahaha

                                                              • James Johnson
                                                                James Johnson  7 months back

                                                                Notice he said that it's something the Raptors can build on. He then tried to switch it up and say this is something we can all build on. I don't think he's staying.

                                                                • Marinella Giuliano
                                                                  Marinella Giuliano  7 months back

                                                                  I agree..he tried to fix his slip up..sad hes leaving..love this guy!!!

                                                                • Jose Cruz
                                                                  Jose Cruz  7 months back

                                                                  Hes not

                                                              • HarperPolo
                                                                HarperPolo  7 months back

                                                                He leaving Toronto. Bet.

                                                                • James Baron
                                                                  James Baron  7 months back

                                                                  Curry hates vanvleet 😂

                                                                  • JasD 80
                                                                    JasD 80  7 months back


                                                                    •   7 months back

                                                                      What a class act this guy is. If he leaves I'll be pretty disappointed but I'll wish him all the best

                                                                      • lovelylee48
                                                                        lovelylee48  7 months back

                                                                        Great win Kawhi love your game. You are one of the greatest in NBA 💪 next to Lebron. Keep up the good work. Yeah enjoy the moment with your teammates. You all worked hard and deserves the championship. Pop wish you were still at Spurs. Congratulations.

                                                                        • Lincoln MacEachern
                                                                          Lincoln MacEachern  7 months back

                                                                          I'll never forget the paranoia in Toronto in the days before he first came to Toronto. Supposedly he didn't want to come, and Masai was trying to reassure Raptor Nation that he had great discussions with Kawhi; hope he stays, but if he doesn't, Raptor fans will love him forever.

                                                                          • Scott Lawrence
                                                                            Scott Lawrence  7 months back

                                                                            Are they gonna go to the White House

                                                                            • mgtow mamba
                                                                              mgtow mamba  7 months back

                                                                              He is a dinasty desroyer he goes wher dinasty had to be destroyed je is a supethero

                                                                              • Abhishek Kumar
                                                                                Abhishek Kumar  7 months back

                                                                                Super hero ... I saw him performing against curry and thompson alone and overtaking both alone ...whatever the scenario you played your own game relentlessly ...damn ..none could have done that ...alongside ...vanvleet lowry siakam they supported in a heroic way... What a game those were...blasted the championship...

                                                                                • Ask to seduce Miss
                                                                                  Ask to seduce Miss  7 months back

                                                                                  and make him happy. Right now he is not happy despite on all successes that he’s getting.

                                                                                  • Tiwa Akinfeleye
                                                                                    Tiwa Akinfeleye  7 months back

                                                                                    im a fun guy