Kawhi’s decision to join the Los Angeles Clippers last summer was by far the most debated move in the league in years. After his championship run with Toronto, most fans expected him to stay. Then Lakers kicked in full gas and used all of their assets to pursue Leonard. Lakers’ celebrity fans like Snoop Dog and Nicholson were publicly wooing Kawhi, and some people thought effort might be enough for him to join purple and gold. However, Kawhi chose the road less traveled and joined the Clips.
Anthony Davis was interviewed during the All-Star 2020 weekend in Chicago and asked whether he ever thinks what might have been, had Kawhi chosen the Lakers.
The league has had several legendary Big 3’s in the past, but I think we can all agree that AD, LeBron, and Kawhi on the same team would be unparalleled.
At the time when it was all going down before he decided, you think about what the team could have been, the defensive mindset we could have had, the scoring ability we could have had. Me him and LeBron is obviously something that teams would fear, but all I’ll say is that I think he made the league interesting. He made the league fun. And that’s the great thing about sports. You never know what’s going to happen, and now we kind of have this, as you guys would say quote-unquote ‘rivalry’ in LA, and so it’s fun.[Anthony Davis]
And AD is right. The league has been very entertaining this season. Nearly a dozen teams have several star players on the roster, balancing the power between the teams and conferences. According to Phil Jackson’s, a real contender will reach 40 wins before 20 losses. Currently, we have three teams that fit the bill and five more teams that are close to becoming a contender, by Jackson’s standards.