It’s no sports world secret that most professional athletes play through injuries that would have us regular folks resting for months. It’s a sad reality that most pros face on their way to the top, and it only takes one injury to end a career. Kawhi Leonard recently opened up about his postgame recovery. In a rare move, Leonard discussed his private life and how he wants to make sure his body is in good shape after he retires so that he can play basketball with his son.
Ben Golliver of the Washington Post was the first to cover Leonard's heartwarming remarks on the subject following the Clippers Thursday evening victory over the San Antonio Spurs. “I just want to be able to walk strong when I’m done playing this game. My son motivates me to keep playing. Once he gets to the age to play basketball, I want to be able to play with him still.”
It’s a sentiment that rings true for basketball fans and players alike. It was also a concern for Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, who talked about what the team is doing to keep Kawhi healthy. "Our goal is to have him playing and being fresh all year, and we're doing that so far," Rivers said, according to Bleacher Report.
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"I keep saying this: He's not the only guy we're having those conversations with, and every team is doing it. We're just trying to do it. I don't know. I'm trying to say more efficiently than others. But we're learning as we go,” he added.
Kawhi was famously limited to 60 appearances during the regular season of 2018-2019 run with the Raptors. His absences were typically attributed to load management, a term that is usually used for rest. However, that didn’t stop Kawhi from going all out during Toronto’s NBA Finals campaign.
After signing with L.A. Kawhi thanked his fans in Toronto and all of Canada for everything, they had done for him. He also especially praised the doctors here, who he revealed delivered his son back in July. Yes, you read the right Kawhi’s son is Canadian. Raptors forever.
Losing players to injury is fresh in Canada’s mind this week after tennis superstar Bianca Andreescu bowed out of a WTA Finals match due to a knee injury on Wednesday. Bianca, who has been plagued with injuries in 2019, limped out of the stadium after she badly twisted her knee in a face-off against Karolina Pliskova.