Just last week I made the case for why the San Antonio Spurs should pursue a reunion with their former superstar, Kawhi Leonard. The crux of the argument was that if the Clippers suffer another postseason collapse, Kawhi could be looking for a new home this summer. And if that’s the case, why not bring things full circle and come back to San Antonio?
It’s a shot in the dark I know. But recent developments are setting the stage for those events to happen. That might be a stretch but it’s safe to say that all is not well in Clipperland.
Following the Clippers’ embarrassing loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, Kawhi was not shy about voicing his feelings on the state of the Clippers. Ironically, many of the things he pointed out as the Clippers’ weak points have been tentpoles of the Spurs’ success for decades.
San Antonio Spurs could provide the consistency Kawhi hasn’t had in LA
After the loss to the Pelicans, Kawhi opened up on what he thought was ailing the Clippers. For a superstar as typically quiet as Kawhi, this quote is certainly something.
“If we want to have a chance of anything, you’ve got to be consistent. That’s what the great teams do. They’re consistent. They have their nights when the energy is not there and it’s all about consistency, from team to coaches to players. That’s what makes a team great, players great, coaches great…the consistency of wanting to win and doing pretty much the same habits of winning.”
I don’t hold much ill will towards Kawhi after how his time in San Antonio ended but I’m not going to pretend that I don’t find the Clippers postseason troubles and regular season theatrics at least a bit amusing.
This is a team that regularly receives pre-season hype as a title contender but how many times have we seen them collapse under the weight of expectations? Even going back to the Lob City era this is a franchise that has never been able to get it done.
If you want to talk about consistency and adhering to the same habits of winning no matter what obstacles come your way, look no further than the Spurs for your model franchise. From relying on internal development to prioritizing holding onto their draft picks, how the Spurs go about their business is as close to a polar opposite of the Clippers as you can find.
And for the most part, they’re still following the example that was set decades ago and holding to the same cultural principles that helped the team excel during Kawhi’s first stint in San Antonio.
I’m just saying, if Kawhi really wants consistency from the top to the bottom of the organization he plays for, the Spurs can provide it. If the Clippers do implode in the playoffs again and Kawhi feels like a lack of consistency is the root cause of the issue, don’t be surprised if you hear rumblings of him looking at San Antonio as a possible destination.
It would be a complicated reunion to be sure. But I think if Kawhi opened up about his exit from San Antonio and made it clear that he was coming back to finish what he started the San Antonio Spurs faithful would be able to bury the hatchet and accept him back with open arms.