Paul George close to making his LA Clippers debut

Ross Houston
November 8, 2019

The fine, however, came because of "statements, including by head coach Doc Rivers, that were inconsistent with Leonard's health status".

The NBA fined the club $50,000 on Thursday, one day after Rivers told media (per Clutch Points) that star forward Kawhi Leonard "feels great" even though he was missing Wednesday's nationally televised home game vs. the Bucks.


On a June 17 conference call, a committee that consists of approximately a dozen top team executives from both basketball and business operations discussed with the league office ideas for alternatives to the traditional NBA schedule for the 2021-22 season. "Offensively, Leonard at 6'7", 230 pounds plays like he's a 7-footer; consistently playing in the low post, backing down bigger players and scoring over them and around them.

On Wednesday, the league said it accepted the Clippers plan to sit Leonard, who was listed on the injury report with an ailing knee, in the first of back-to-back games.


Before training camp, Leonard said he felt much better than he did at the same time a year earlier and that his load management would be different than how Toronto handled it when he played in a total of 60 games during the regular season. Leonard returned to play October 31, in a victory against San Antonio, just as he is expected to play Thursday against Portland. "Really it is, in some ways, we want him to just keep feeling better and getting better".


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