Just keep pushing.
That’s what San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard does.
Recently, Leonard put his perseverance in perspective when referring to defending the best player in the world during the NBA Finals.
Kawhi on guarding LBJ in the Finals: “You know when you don’t want to run that extra lap? (It was) harder than that. But it was worth it.”
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) August 18, 2014
Of course it was worth it.
NBA Title? Check.
Finals MVP? Check.
Huge contract extension? Coming soon to his pockets.
The glory didn’t come to Leonard easily, and he hasn’t stopped doing everything he can to return to the big stage. Larry O’Brien XXXVIII has traveled the world, from Argentina to New Hampshire to Australia to New York to Brazil. Then the trophy went to sunny San Diego to visit Kawhi Leonard. Leonard had the trophy for three days to show it off to fans and take pictures. Unfortunately, Larry got left behind in Leonard’s condo two of the three days, because Leonard was too buys working out and getting better to take it out on the town.
“I didn’t have any time to do anything with it,” Leonard explained. “My workout schedule is crazy.”
Leonard is working out three different times per day while living in San Diego for the summer.
Leonard is putting in those extra laps that were needed to guard LeBron James in mid-August, one of the more low-key months in the NBA world. It only makes sense that one the NBA’s most low-key guys is working harder than anyone is the NBA’s low-key months.
Kawhi Leonard will see LeBron James again. Naturally, it’ll be difficult to defend him.
But putting in those extra laps is only going to make it easier.