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Kawhi Leonard, NBA’s quietest superstar, dominates in selfless, Spurs-like fashion

After leading San Antonio to a title last year, Kawhi Leonard has keyed a late-season surge that has the Spurs in peak form entering the playoffs. His game is progressing faster than anyone could have imagined – and he’s only 23

The San Antonio Spurs are not your run-of-the-mill dynasty. Kawhi Leonard is not your run-of-the-mill star. These things make uncommon sense. Indeed, it’s difficult to imagine Leonard excelling the way he has for San Antonio anywhere else.

Since Gregg Popovich took over as coach of the Spurs in 1996, the team has excelled at finding value – and consequently victories – in players other teams routinely overlook. The result is basketball’s most enduring dynasty since the Boston Celtics of the 1960s. No other team in recent memory has navigated the transition between marquee players quite so smoothly – from David Robinson to Tim Duncan, and from Manu Ginobili to Tony Parker to now, it must be presumed, Kawhi Leonard.

It’s like me and Manu back in the day. You have to share and wait your turn. Sometimes I don’t see the ball for a long time, but Kawhi is playing unbelievable. And it’s going to be Kawhi’s team anyway. Like Timmy transitioned to Manu, Manu transitioned to me, now it’s going to be transitioned to Kawhi. I’ll try to do my best to stay aggressive and be involved. But Kawhi’s going to be the man. He’s playing great and sometimes I’ll have nights like this where I have the ball, but most of the time it’s going to be Kawhi. We have to transition to that. He’s young, he’s playing great, and he’s going to demand double teams.

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Kawhi Leonard, NBA’s quietest superstar, dominates in selfless, Spurs-like fashion

After leading San Antonio to a title last year, Kawhi Leonard has keyed a late-season surge that has the Spurs in peak form entering the playoffs. His game is progressing faster than anyone could have imagined – and he’s only 23

The San Antonio Spurs are not your run-of-the-mill dynasty. Kawhi Leonard is not your run-of-the-mill star. These things make uncommon sense. Indeed, it’s difficult to imagine Leonard excelling the way he has for San Antonio anywhere else.

Since Gregg Popovich took over as coach of the Spurs in 1996, the team has excelled at finding value – and consequently victories – in players other teams routinely overlook. The result is basketball’s most enduring dynasty since the Boston Celtics of the 1960s. No other team in recent memory has navigated the transition between marquee players quite so smoothly – from David Robinson to Tim Duncan, and from Manu Ginobili to Tony Parker to now, it must be presumed, Kawhi Leonard.

It’s like me and Manu back in the day. You have to share and wait your turn. Sometimes I don’t see the ball for a long time, but Kawhi is playing unbelievable. And it’s going to be Kawhi’s team anyway. Like Timmy transitioned to Manu, Manu transitioned to me, now it’s going to be transitioned to Kawhi. I’ll try to do my best to stay aggressive and be involved. But Kawhi’s going to be the man. He’s playing great and sometimes I’ll have nights like this where I have the ball, but most of the time it’s going to be Kawhi. We have to transition to that. He’s young, he’s playing great, and he’s going to demand double teams.

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