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Report: Special treatment for Kawhi was an issueOctober 16, 2020 | 06:31 PM
According to Jovan Buha and Joe Vardon of The Athletic, some Clippers teammates had an issue with what they perceived to be the preferential treatment of Kawhi Leonard this past season.
Analysis: A season that began with so much optimism due to the additions of Leonard and Paul George went up in flames down in Orlando, as the Clippers blew a 3-1 lead and were bounced from the playoffs in the second round. Former head coach Doc Rivers lamented the team's lack of chemistry in Orlando, but it was likely an issue even before the team entered the bubble. "Players like Beverley, Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams -- Clippers bedrocks before the arrival of Leonard and George -- bristled when Leonard was permitted to take games off to manage his body and to live in San Diego, which often led to him being late for team flights, league sources said," per The Athletic. This is something that new head coach Tyronn Lue will need to address this offseason if the Clippers are to be the title contenders that many expect them to be.
Source: The Athletic via Rotoworld.com