Title: Kawhi Leonard’s return a shot at closure as Raptors try to move on
Date: December 10, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Kawhi Leonard’s return to Toronto as a member of the Clippers and finding closure where there usually isn’t much.
“There’s a part of you that’s still a part of me. I need closure.” – PUP
Wednesday night is going to be a little bit awkward.
The Toronto Raptors are asking fans to be in their seats for 6:45 ahead of a 7:15 tip-off against the Los Angeles Clippers so that they can welcome back the returning Kawhi Leonard. It will be Leonard’s first formal appearance around the Raptors since he bookended his short career with the team in an exaggerated, self-deprecating, championship-parade concluding laugh. The Raptors will “celebrate Kawhi and his contributions to the Championship run,” with a special ceremony to present him with his championship ring.
It will be, in a word, nice. While most seem to have gotten their celebrating of June’s victory in by now, the beauty of a championship is that it never expires, nor do the memories or, in time, the nostalgia. The Raptors have spent the early parts of the season offering video tributes to any returning former player as part of the celebration of their 25th season, and there’s no better player to roll such a tribute out for than Leonard. He did, after all, turn in the most important single season in team history, as well as a generational playoff performance on his way to an NBA Finals MVP. He did not single-handedly deliver the Raptors their first championship, but he had a few large fingers in the matter.
There is little arguing that Leonard is worthy of tribute or c
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