Kawhi Leonard is one of the best ballers on the court right now. Since his start with the Raptors, Kawhi has elevated the team to new heights and has become a key player in Toronto's road to the NBA Finals. But his skill as an athlete is only one of the reasons that fans adore him. Aside from his occasional "fun guy" moments and that famous Kawhi Leonard interview laugh, the player has proven time and time again that he knows how to handle himself in interviews.
In front of the media, Kawhi tends to come off a bit stiff, even awkward at times. But, he does have a good sense of humour and always seems to have the perfect answer to every question he's asked. Leonard’s cool and calm demeanour has served him well and only makes fans want to get to know him even more.
Leonard is touchingly humble and, unlike other NBA players, has never seemed to care much for the glamour and glory of being one of the best basketball players in the league. Which makes his response to this question about LeBron James and Stephen Curry’s fame compared to his, so heartwarming:
Kawhi also appears to have no interest in being celebrated as a great player, even going as far as to brush off praise from Raptors president Masai Ujiri:
Then there is the infamous “fun guy” response which Leonard gave after being asked to describe himself during his first press conference as a Raptor:
And when his awkward chuckle went viral, the player clapped back in true Kawhi fashion:
Who can forget the time that Kawhi spoke Mandarin? A man of many talents.
Leonard's latest clapback came after the Raptors' upsetting loss to Golden State Warriors during Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Kawhi was pressed about missing an opportunity to take down Warriors shooting guard, Andre Iguodala, in what could’ve been a game-changing play. This was his response:
Clearly, Kawhi is as smooth off the court as he is on!