More reports of conflict are emerging inside the Clippers’ locker room today. Clippers veterans like Beverley and Lou Williams seem to be hated for Kawhi’s preferred treatment.
The Clippers did not really click on the course of the previous NBA season. Despite the end of the second in the West, there is clearly something missing.
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He was eventually exposed against the Nuggets after a struggle with the previous Dallas team. It became clear that the team had fitness and chemistry issues in every way.
Leonard̵7;s load management management angered his Clippers colleagues
Kawhi Leonard has a degenerative knee condition that requires him to be managed with caution. During the Raptors’ championship in the 2018-19 NBA season, Leonard rested more than a quarter of their regular season games.
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“Players like Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams – the Clippers’ bedrocks before the arrival of Leonard and George – were furious when Leonard was allowed to play to manage his body and live in San Diego.” 😯
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– NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) October 16, 2020
It keeps him in pretty good shape coming into playoff time, though he was different from the time they played the Bucks in the Conference Finals.
Patrick Beverley, part of Chris Paul’s trade who sent 8 players to the Clippers, is particularly pissed off with this preferred treatment.
Beverley, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell did not take kindly after the fact that Kawhi had to make a periodic visit to his family in San Diego during the season. They believe it disrupts their training rhythms and they cannot be together.