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Kawhi Leonard is well known for his performance in NBA games.
Kawhi Leonard respects and holds many offensive players in high regard. At the same time, he is also known for his own robotic skills as a defensive player.
In Kawhi Leonard's own words, it is just the game that matters to him. He motivates other young players to work hard and earn their way into NBA. Read some of the best Kawhi Leonard quotes ahead.
Being an NBA player, Kawhi Leonard has said much about sports and its charm over the years.
"I want the kids to know that it's not a myth that somebody from their city plays and wins in the NBA."
"I just want to influence them to work hard and do whatever they want to do in life, whether it's to be a basketball player or scientist… if they believe in themselves, they can do anything."
"I'll never try to win an award. I'm out there just playing for my team."
"Winning is motivation."
"It's definitely fun when you're able to translate your practice into the game. It's fun, and you know that your hard work paid off."
"I look at the film, but more than watching individual players, I'm trying to watch a team's whole offensive scheme. I'm trying to know their tendencies so I can… guess."
"That's what it comes down to, really, making the best guess."
"I try to come in with a focus to stop my man and win the game."
"Coming in, I wanted to be a great player, and right now at the beginning of my career, I'm showing some slight sunshine that I can be the player I want."
"The Spurs are a great organization."
"I know people are going to put the main focus on stopping me, so I need to learn how to make my teammates better by passing and creating opportunities for them."
"I'm always trying to be ready to catch them off their strides by being physical enough without getting fouls."
"I'm just going out there to do my role, the same role – defense first – and then see how the ball turns out on the offensive end."
"I'm not out here just for the money. I want to be a great player."
"There's nothing to be scared of. We're playing basketball."
"The only thing that could happen is you fail. But as long as you're going hard, there's nothing to be scared of for me. I don't know what there is to be scared of."
"You just go out there and try to compete and try to make a play for your teammates."
"I just think repetition and getting the game reps shooting the ball in games really help, rather than just practicing. You can get game timing."
Kawhi Leonard often speaks about the discipline that is required to be an NBA player.
"I rarely eat breakfast because of our schedule, actually. If I do, though, I'll try to make an egg-white omelet with some bell peppers and mushrooms. Maybe a side of a bunch of different fruits."
"My dad is leaving my life. That's the biggest thing that happened to me. I just remember what he tells me, the memories, and try to move on forward each day, knowing that he's still here, looking down on me."
"As long as you give your best effort, I feel like that's all you can do."
"You definitely see a difference in some guys' games when they do get paid. I'm trying to make sure I'm not that player."
"I don't care about winning an MVP – the MVP doesn't mean you're the best player in the league."
"I'm just happy that I get the opportunity to do the things on the court that I do in practice."
"Not all water is great for you. I drink a lot of water during the day, but I stay away from certain waters because their pH levels are low. Stick to alkaline waters with a higher pH. Trust me."
"My motivation wasn't really to get a $95 million contract, you know?"
"I'm trying to see what way I could lead so when the opportunity comes, it won't just hit me in the face."
"I just want to keep improving, to keep getting better."
"I've been working hard to be one of the focal points in the NBA, one of the top guys."
"I work all summer and throughout the whole season to be prepared for the challenges that I have to face."
"If I get noticed for my individual performance, that's what happens. Other than that, I'm just trying to win the game."
"I definitely don't like to eat a lot before I play. I don't like to play on a full stomach. Sometimes, if I'm feeling hungry before a game, I'll eat one of those protein bars, but that's it."
"I don't eat the same meal or at the same time every single day. You get tired of that real quick. I just try to make sure whatever I'm eating is fresh and clean and good for my body. That's about it."
"I believed I could play in the NBA."
(Kawhi Leonard is a celebrated defensive basketball player.)
Kawhi Leonard is a funny and motivated NBA player and often speaks about the greatest moments in his own life.
"I like the old-school muscle cars."
"Oh man, I like Chevys."
"I don't watch ESPN, don't listen to the radio. I just go home and deal with my family."
"I'm never trying to break a career-high out there."
"Coming to a team like the Spurs, you're automatically going to learn how to play the game the right way."
"If I can get back and win a championship, that's what I'm trying to do."
"I don't like to bring attention to myself. I don't like to make a scene."
"I'm just a low-key guy."
"Everything outside doesn't matter when I'm on the court; it's just me and nothing else. Family problems, school, what happened to my father, all the stress goes away."
"I remember being a teenager and watching 40-year-old Michael Jordan compete in his final All-Star game."
"My mindset is the same every game."
"I'm always trying to come down with a win. That's what matters to me and my squad."
"It's just a great feeling, once you have a child."
"I'm just the same guy… I don't need to be a celebrity or a superstar."
"My hands make me a little longer, and that's always a good thing."
"It was a great feeling to be named an All-Star starter, to know that my hard work is paying off and fans around the world are recognizing that."
"I just try to play every game like it's game 7 of the NBA finals."
"At the end of the day, we all know what the Jordan logo means, and you can't take anything away from that. But it's pretty cool to have my own logo on a Jordan shoe."
"When I'm on the court, I feel all problems go away."
"I could be on the court for two hours and it felt like 10 minutes. It made the time go by."
"When I am away from basketball, I hang out with my friends, chill, and that's about it."
"I always wanted to play at both ends of the floor. I never wanted to be one-dimensional."
"It means a lot to me. Words can't even explain, I wanna thank Kobe for everything he's done for me. All the long talks and workouts, this one is for him."
"It's just surreal still for me, you know, he'll drop me off and say he's about to pick up Kobe Bryant.... Or he'll just be like, 'I just dropped Kobe Bryant off and Kobe Bryant said hello', you know, vice versa."
"I've flown with him a lot, great guy, super nice. He was one of the best pilots. That's the guy who you ask for to fly you from city to city."
"I'm not one of the guys in the league for the fame. I'm here so I can take care of my family, my mom, my friends and take care of myself."
"Our spirits are still high and we believe in ourselves, nothing good comes easy."
"People always want to compare their hands to mine. Pretty much everywhere I go."
"People would ask what college are you going to, and I'd say, 'San Diego State'. And they'd say, 'Why?'"
"I was good. I probably could have gone to the NFL. I just hated practice."
Kawhi Leonard has been a part of the NBA for many years and often talks about his passion for basketball.
"Everybody plays back-to-backs."
"We'll be all right, two of my turnovers were offensive fouls. That's just being aggressive, physical. We can live with that."
"We've got to be more physical, have a defensive mindset to start every game... They got off to a very easy first quarter, and then it was just an easy game for them."
"I'm just living in the moment, trying to win every game, that's all I'm focused on."
"It's just the game itself that drives me. I just want to be able to compete at a high level."
"I just have to move forward and keep working on my game and getting better."
"I've always liked home-cooked meals."
"I've got to learn how to create shots for others."
"The bigs are there on the help-side if the guy goes by me, and I'm able to switch to other defensive players."
"We had a pretty good rhythm in the first half, we came in the third quarter pretty flat, but they are a good defensive team. They played hard tonight, and they fought the whole game."
"I didn't work out with Kobe. I don't know where that came from. I wish I could have."
"Obviously, I like guys that can defend other positions. Draymond Green is doing a great job with Golden State. Jimmy Butler brings it every night when I'm out there."
"I can't be impatient. It would show on the floor, and I won't compete if I'm thinking about getting the ball."
"It's all mental. I just have to worry about my game."
"I like being the underdog so they don't expect what's going to happen. It pushes me to work harder and do the things I'm not doing better."
"People in the NBA are just as athletic as you. That's the game. You have to have a change of pace. You have to change speeds to get around people."
"I'm just here to play basketball and have fun and try to win another championship."
"Whoever I'm playing against, I go in and try to stop their best scorer and try to get myself going on the offensive end."
"It's an honor to have been considered for the team, and I hope that in the future, I will have the chance to represent my country by playing for the U.S.A. Basketball."
"Tony Allen is a good defender, very smart."
"That's how I grew up. Just play defense – and make a basket."
"I played basketball when I was little because it was fun for me. It still is now. I just love it. I have a passion for it."
"When I was growing up, I didn't have a hometown hero."
"It's how I've been playing my whole life, guarding the best player on the other team."
"I love the game of basketball, and as long as I can do that, keep playing and try to get some more championships with the organization, I'll be happy."
"I could have gone to a bigger school. I use it as motivation to go to a school that I loved. I wanted to put them on the map and show everyone that you don't need to go to a top school to make it in the NBA."
"I'm trying to be one of the greatest players, so whatever level that consists of is where I want to take my game."
"Everybody in the NBA works on their game. I just tried to follow that lead when I was in high school, college – and now."
"I'm just playing basketball. I just want to be a great player. That's it. That's all I'm thinking about. If the other stuff comes, it comes, but I'm just fortunate to play in the NBA Finals and just to play basketball, period."
"I'm just happy that people like the way I play."
"I want to play against the best, and that's what I'm doing, just going out there and being focused, just competing for every possession."
"Playing football helped me a lot. Just reading the quarterback's eyes and reading receivers, figuring out what they want to do."
"I'm just trying to pass Tim Duncan in championships if I can one day. That's my motivation; that's what I strive for. Tim is one of the greatest players who has ever played, so if I could get close or reach that plateau and have my name on that list."
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