Kawhi Will Regret Leaving The Raptors

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Kawhi Will Regret Leaving The Raptors 

Post#1 » by noreaster23 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:08 pm

Kawhi Leonard elevated an emerging Raptors team to its first NBA Championship. Upon his departure, many questioned whether Toronto would even make the playoffs. Without Kawhi, the Raptors are cruising. They just rolled off a 15-game win streak and currently have a better record than the Clippers (though, yes, I know, PG has been hurt and Kawhi takes it easy during the regular season).

I'm sad that Kawhi left Toronto. The team has many up and coming players, likable veterans, and one top 20 player (Siakam) who one day will crack the top 10, and maybe top 5. With Kawhi I believe Toronto would have competed for championships for years to come. As he started to decline, Siakam would have been in his prime. Instead Kawhi went to Toronto and forced them to trade for Paul George. The team mortgaged their future to open up a championship window. It's hard to crack that window, and I think any other team in the same position would do the same thing.

But I think Toronto is deeper, better coached (and I'm a Boston fan and I love Rivers), has a better GM, and that, if not already this year, that Siakam will be better than PG, who has suffered too many injuries. The Clippers championship window is only extends for a few seasons, and as Kawhi starts to realize that, I think he'll reflect on what could have been with Toronto, and regret his move.
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Re: Kawhi Will Regret Leaving The Raptors 

Post#2 » by whitehops » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:12 pm

i think it's more likely the raptors will regret not being in LA.
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Post#3 » by Roco14 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:12 pm

No he won't. He has 2 championships, is in the prime of his career, playing on the team that people are calling the favorite to win the chip, and is living in the town he grew up in surrounded by people who love him... I think he'll be fine.
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Re: Kawhi Will Regret Leaving The Raptors 

Post#4 » by TheGameWinner » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:14 pm

Thanks. No one cares about this anymore. Kawhi made a family decision and not a basketball decision. Quite frankly, i'm a Torontonian, and I love it here - but taking the chance to go to LA weather and lifestyle - not have to deal with the cold and having stiff joints? Bye. i'll come visit during the summers.

Kawhi didn't disrespect the Raptors or Toronto, he played his heart out, won a ship, end of story. Get over it. To help, you can watch the Clippers and pretend they are the raptors.
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Post#5 » by iamworthy » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:14 pm

He's home.
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Post#6 » by KGtabake » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:16 pm

Toronto hasn't got a better GM than the Clippers. We can agree or disagree on other points but this one in particualr was eye popping.
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Re: Kawhi Will Regret Leaving The Raptors 

Post#7 » by Pachinko_ » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:23 pm

It's a sideways move, both teams are really good. The Raptors only really have a better record because the bottom 2/3 of the East is horrible.
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Post#8 » by picko » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:24 pm

No he won't. He made a family and lifestyle decision. He wanted to go home.

Raptors could win the next five titles and he wouldn't regret that for a second.
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Post#9 » by clyde21 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:25 pm

he's home, and already has 2 rings and 2 fmvps, he's not regretting anything.
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Post#10 » by jimmy keys » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:29 pm

Pachinko_ wrote:It's a sideways move, both teams are really good. The Raptors only really have a better record because the bottom 2/3 of the East is horrible.


Tell that to Lebron who probably would have made a few less Finals appearances if he always played out west.
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Post#11 » by TravisScott55 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:40 pm

It's 16 degrees Fahrenheit in Toronto, he ain't regretting crap. It wasn't a basketball decision why he left.
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Post#12 » by Pharmcat » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:41 pm

Let's revisit this thread after the clips 3 peat
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Re: Kawhi Will Regret Leaving The Raptors 

Post#13 » by mademan » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:43 pm

He was always going home. He mightve stayed for an extra year if the PG trade didnt go through, but that woulda been it. He gots his titles, his money, he's home and he's on a contender. I dont think he has any regrets
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Post#14 » by Pachinko_ » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:44 pm

It wasn't an easy job to win it with the Raps, it was a huge effort. And it won't be easy with the Clippers either.

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Post#15 » by HMFFL » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:46 pm

OP, is it difficult for you to understand that he never wanted to be in Toronto? Respect the fact that he opened said it and didn't include Toronto on his list of teams.

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Post#16 » by The_Hater » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:46 pm

Even Raptor fans are sick of this narrative. Please, let’s move on.
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Re: Kawhi Will Regret Leaving The Raptors 

Post#17 » by LoveMyRaps » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:46 pm

clyde21 wrote:he's home, and already has 2 rings and 2 fmvps, he's not regretting anything.


this. Raptors can win it all again and Kawhi wouldn't regret anything (unless Clips get bounced in the first round or completely flop in the playoffs). He just wanted to be home, closer to his family.
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Re: Kawhi Will Regret Leaving The Raptors 

Post#18 » by Cobra Kawhi » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:48 pm

Pachinko_ wrote:It's a sideways move, both teams are really good. The Raptors only really have a better record because the bottom 2/3 of the East is horrible.


Come on dude, we've been throwing out G league lineups for a good portion of the year because of all the injuries. This season hasn't been a cake walk for us. The clippers have lost to some really bad teams like chicago, atlanta, and Minnesota.
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Re: Kawhi Will Regret Leaving The Raptors 

Post#19 » by dan-man » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:48 pm

Losing his helicopter and pilot certainly didn't help.
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Re: Kawhi Will Regret Leaving The Raptors 

Post#20 » by Edrees » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:50 pm

whitehops wrote:i think it's more likely the raptors will regret not being in LA.


Regret implies you could have had it the other way if you acted differently. I highly doubt LA, already have two nba teams, was ever an option for an expansion team.

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