Report: Clippers Vets Weren't Happy With Kawhi Leonard's 'Special Treatment'

It sounds like we have a 'load management' problem in Los Angeles. A report has surfaced via The Athletic's Jovan Buha and Joe Vardon, outlining how some veteran players on the Los Angeles Clippers were not pleased with how Kawhi Leonard was treated. 

Not only was the playing and not playing an issue, sounds like Leonard's ability to head back to San Diego at will, being late for team flights on a regular basis, and dictating his own minutes were the biggest issues. 

Players like [Patrick] Beverley, Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams — Clippers bedrocks before the arrival of Leonard and George — bristled when Leonard was permitted to take games off to manage his body and to live in San Diego, which often led to him being late for team flights, league sources said. The team also allowed Leonard to dictate to [coach Doc] Rivers when he could be pulled from games, among other things. Lue was on Rivers’ bench for all of this, but the Clippers were Rivers’ show.


Good luck, Mr Lue.

The Clippers used to be Doc Rivers' team and now it's been passed over to Lue, who has the advantage of witnessing the first-year of the Kawhi show from the Clippers bench. It will be up to Lue to do whatever he can to build more team chemistry. The Clips have all the skill in the world, it comes down to team execution. We'll have to wait and see what the roster looks like for year two of load management. 

The team isn't expected to re-sign Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams is on the trade block. 

Makes you wonder why...

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