If you let Kawhi Leonard tell it, Paul George is the first elite-level player that he had the opportunity to play with. Not five-time NBA champion and the best power forward of all-time Tim Duncan, not Spurs legends Manu Ginobili or Tony Parker either.

After his introductory press conference with the Los Angeles Clippers, Kawhi Leonard sat with Rachel Nichols and spoke favorable of George, saying, “This is probably the first time I’m playing with someone with elite-level talent.”


Kawhi Leonard now has his elite teammate and is back home in Southern California. Also during his conversation, Leonard made sure to thank the fans of Toronto, but also stomped on the hearts of both Lakers and Raptors fans by letting them know the Clippers landing George is what got his services.