Kawhi vs Jon Hood. Who’s better? Obviously, this shouldn’t even be a question. Especially not while Kawhi is dropping 30 points a night in the NBA Playoffs and giving the Warriors a run for their money in the Finals. But back in 2009, the recruiting trail was on fire with names like John Wall, Derrick Favors, Demarcus Cousins and Lance Stephenson, so it’s no wonder that certain players fell through the cracks. Kawhi Leonard definitely did. In fact, he fell so far that he was ranked behind a certain Kentucky player that only BBN knows of. According to 247Sports, Jon Hood was better than Kawhi.
Here is what I think happened. Kawhi is from California which is a top recruiting state in just about every sport. He definitely got some exposure, but having absolutely no flash or emotion may have lulled some ranking “experts” over at 247Sports to sleep. Then for Jon Hood, he was from Kentucky which does not nearly have the same competition. He had every recruiter in the Commonwealth looking at him. Also the prowess of the programs recruiting them could have played a part. If John Calipari wants to give a scholarship to a kid, there’s definitely something special about him. On the other hand, being recruited by San Diego State isn’t exactly noteworthy. One spot in the rankings could have just been a matter of geography.
Other notable prospects in the 2009 class that Jon Hood was ranked higher than: – Eric Bledsoe – Khris Middleton – Jack Cooley – Marshall Henderson – Sean Kilpatrick – CJ McCollum – Mike Muscala
Yes, you read that right. Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors is a karate master. In the video below, that I too am upset I didn’t see earlier, Leonard is shown chopping boards as part of his Footlocker endorsement. Take a look:
#ChopYallUp. Still not sure why some of the boards were breaking longways instead of horizontally, but I digress. As the first martial arts master since ShaqFu, Kawhi has a great responsibility. He must use his karate skills to fight the greatest threat to the Raptors’ organization and Toronto sports as a whole, the Drake Curse.
As we all know, Drake somehow influences the outcomes of athletic events. Kentucky, Alabama, Toronto, Zion, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, and even AS Roma has instructed their players to not take picture with Drake in fear of imminent doom. With the Raptors recent failures in the Playoffs behind them now, Kawhi is the one new variable that could be critical to a deep playoff run.
Since dropping Game 1 to the Magic, Kawhi has put together back to back stellar performances. Dropping 37 points in Game 2 then a double-double last night. He even prevented the Raptors from going full Playoff Raptors mode at the end of Game 3. Toronto was up 6 with a minute left, Orlando hits a three. Next Raptors possession, a missed jumper that should have led to an easy rebound by the Magic went untouched only to be picked up by Kyle Lowry. Kawhi knocked down the final free throws preventing another Raptors postseason self-implosion.
Karate master Kawhi may be the only one who can lift the curse of Drake from Toronto.
Going from living in a 2-bedroom apartment with his best friend in San Antonio to now dropping $13.3 million on an LA mansion is quite the glow up. It’s like I don’t even know Kawhi anymore.
Toronto Raptors fans are reportedly freaking out. And rightfully so. I am not going to get into why I think Leonard went to Toronto in the first place, but I knew he would not be staying long. The conspiracy is finally coming to fruition. It looks like Kawhi may be joining LeBron in Los Angeles after all.
Or maybe he just wants a house there for all we know. After all, LA is where the rich and famous live and Kawhi is both rich and famous. But here is why I think there is more to this: you don’t drop that kind of money on a house you can’t stay in for more than 8 months out of the year. Hell, Carlos Boozer rented his LA mansion out to Prince when he was in Salt Lake City. Side note: if you haven’t heard that story, it is incredible.
Maybe Kawhi is finally growing up. This past year, he broke off a toxic multi-year relationship with Gregg Popovich, traded in his old 1996 Chevy Trailblazer he still drove in San Antonio for a sensible sedan and signed with the most adult shoe company of all time in New Balance. Now, he may be solidifying his career too.
By moving to LA with LeBron, he will most certainly win some championships. Golden State could very well be losing KD, Klay and Boogie to free agency making it a whole lot easier. Klay could even possibly be on his way to join LeBron too. We could all be reading a little too much into this, but we may also be witnessing to newest formation of a super team.
Rejoice all you dads out there. Your favorite shoe company has finally signed a star that isn’t Matt Bonner. Toronto Raptors forward and top 5 player in the NBA Kawhi Leonard reportedly walked away from Jordan brand earlier this year to explore more lucrative deals. It looks like Leonard has found that new deal with New Balance. Yahoo Sports reports that he has signed a multi-year endorsement with the sneaker company (more details yet to come). Maybe this was the break NB needed to sign other stars such as Gordon Hayward.
Along with his trade destination, there was a lot of speculation as to what shoe company Kawhi would sign with. Would he join Bagley, Knox and Ayton with Puma? Not after Collison exposed their faulty ankle support when he crossed up Ayton last night. Would he join Adidas and snag a signature shoe? Maybe even, dare I say, Big Baller Brand? No. He decided that he would go with New Balance. Smart move in my opinion. He is now the face of an entire company. He also probably just gained a million follows on twitter from 40+ year old dads.
Kawhi has had a history of foot, ankle, and leg problems. Those foot ailments will be a thing of the past with New Balance’s signature arch support. Imagine how well he will play with clouds on his feet. Like all of us here at Soft 7 Sports, we will never be the best looking guys in the room, but we will always be the most comfortable. Now, so will Kawhi. Congrats on that bag.