More reports of quarrels are now appearing in the Clippers locker room. Clippers veterans like Beverly and Lou Williams seem outraged by Kawhi’s preferential treatment.
The Clippers have never really clicked in the past NBA season. Although he finished second in the West, it was clear that something was missing.
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They were eventually exposed to the Nuggets after battling the desperate Dallas team. It became clear that the team had problems with fitness and chemistry all the way.
7;s load management irritated his Clippers teammates
Kawhi Leonard has a degenerative condition of the knee that requires careful management. During the Raptors Championship in the 2018-19 NBA season, Leonard had rested more than a quarter of his games in the regular season.
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“Players like Patrick Beverly, Montrell Harrell and Lou Williams – the foundations of the Clippers before the arrival of Leonard and George – shivered when Leonard was allowed to download games to control his body and live in San Diego.”
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– NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) October 16, 2020
This kept him in relatively good shape when the playoffs came, although he struggled when they played the Bucks in the conference finals.
Patrick Beverly, who was part of Chris Paul’s trade that sent eight players to the Clippers, was particularly considered by this preferential treatment.
Beverly, Lou Williams and Montresle Harel were not polite after the fact that Kauhi had to make periodic visits to his family in San Diego during the season. They believed that this interfered with their training rhythms and they could not gel together.