Colin Cowherd: Kawhi Leonard Has Failed to 'Build a Culture' With Clippers

Colin Cowherd: “Kawhi is what I would call a great ‘mercenary.’ A plug and play guy. You bring him in, culture is already there, he gets a stop, and he gets a bucket… But in San Antonio, the ‘culture’ was built with Pop and Duncan. In Toronto they were very well run, Kyle Lowry was the leader, and the culture was built… There are certain people in my business that you can hire, they’re funny, they’re talented, but you wouldn’t ‘BUILD’ your franchise around them. Kawhi is a loner, he’s quiet, and he’s non-verbal. There are generally two ways to lead – you’re highly communicative, and if you’re not you lead by example. It’s a given he’s not a verbal guy and very quiet, but a ‘lead by example’ guy is not really him either. He lives in San Diego, reportedly late to practice, load management, had his own trainer… Kawhi is the best player like a Durant, a LeBron, or a Brady, but he’s non-verbal, and he’s not a ‘lead by example’ guy, and I think the Clippers keep waiting for him to create this ‘culture’. That’s not what he does. Last year they had the best team and the deepest team, but CHEMISTRY was the thing they were missing at the end. What are they missing this year? They’re bad at the end of games, and that’s chemistry, that’s communicating, that’s being verbal, and understanding each other… Kawhi’s personality is not to build a culture. It’s a shortlist of ‘great’ and ‘great culture builder', and I think Kawhi is just ‘great’… Don’t expect them to build this alliance in the locker room, it’s simply not who Kawhi is.” (Full Video Above)

Listen to Colin Cowherd explain why he doesn’t believe Kawhi Leonard has had any success ‘building a culture’ wherever he’s played, as Colin discusses the reasons behind the Clippers’ underwhelming level of success since Leonard and Paul George teamed up in Los Angeles in the summer of 2019.

Check out the video above as Colin details why Kawhi’s taciturn personality traits have actually hurt the Clippers’ team chemistry.

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