Kawhi Leonard made his debut in a Raptors jersey at media day on Monday. He claimed he is a ‚Äúfun guy,‚ÄĚ which is something a guy who is not fun but is trying to change his reputation would say, and then he laughed.
This was no ordinary laugh.
Listen for yourself. It sounds like a person who has never in his life laughed trying to laugh based on how he has seen other people laugh. I am not trying to shame or poke fun here ‚ÄĒ I am legitimately moved to concern by the laugh. Has he never heard a funny joke? Has he never watched a comedy special with the requisite two drinks in him? Has he never seen those Pop running down the hallway memes? We need answers.
But under no circumstances is anyone to make Kawhi ever laugh again. This means you Raptors mascot. This means you Kyle Lowry. Are we clear? No funny business around Kawhi. The world can‚Äôt take another one of these laughs.
Tom Thibodeau reportedly asked Jimmy Butler on Monday to reconsider his trade request and join the team in training camp, all while Thibodeau‚Äôs boss and Wolves team owner Glen Taylor was telling his colleagues to send him trade offers if Thibs wasn‚Äôt being responsive.
No word on whether Butler just did the Kawhi laugh back to Thibs or went with the slightly less abrasive ‚ÄúNah, I‚Äôm good.‚ÄĚ But he‚Äôs not coming to training camp.
Anthony Davis is now represented by LeBron-linked Klutch Sports. That‚Äôs going to be important in a future story arc.
Zach Lowe‚Äôs six most interesting players going into this season.
Really great Jeff McDonald profile of new Spurs Lonnie Walker IV.
I enjoyed Marc Stein‚Äôs big LeBron column ‚ÄĒ he points out that it‚Äôs been like 13 years since King James entered a season more likely to miss the playoffs than win the title.
Be excellent to each other.