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SportsPeople Are Already Naming Their Babies After Kawhi Leonard And The Raptors Haven't Even Won Yet

23:00  12 june  2019
23:00  12 june  2019 Source:   narcity.com

Raptors coach Nick Nurse expects a better game from Kawhi Leonard on Sunday

Raptors coach Nick Nurse expects a better game from Kawhi Leonard on Sunday TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors beat defending champion Golden State in Game 1 despite an off night for superstar Kawhi Leonard. The Warriors threw the kitchen sink of defence at Leonard, who shot just 5-for-14 for 23 points in the Raptors' 118-109 victory. Raptors coach Nick Nurse expects a different game from his star in Game 2 on Sunday. "I'm expecting him to play a lot better tomorrow," Nurse said. Leonard, who missed all but nine games last season with San Antonio because of a quadriceps injury, appeared to be limping at times during Game 1.

Kawhi Anthony Leonard (/kəˈwaɪ/, born June 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Even if he is healthy and motivated, the Raptors —still reeling from their disastrous Dwane Casey, the reigning Coach of the Year, won ’ t be coaching Leonard because the Raptors fired him after It’s hard to say what will happen with the Raptors going forward. But like DeRozan, they— and the city of

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It is no secret that Raptors-fever has hit Canada hard over the last month or so. Fans, players and whole cities across the country have gone into overdrive to prepare for a potential historic Raptor’s win in the NBA Finals this week. However, there is nobody more focused on the win than this parents-to-be, since the "Kawhi Leonard" baby name is likely to rise in popularity if Raptors manage to take home the championship.

The Toronto team will be looking to take home a win in Game 6 against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, after narrowly losing out in Game 5 by just one point. A Raptors win would take the overall score to 4-2 and make basketball history as Raptors would become the first non-US team to ever win an NBA Final.

Kawhi Leonard is drinking alcohol and eating desserts after winning title

Kawhi Leonard is drinking alcohol and eating desserts after winning title Kawhi Leonard is drinking alcohol and eating desserts after winning title

Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard showed how vital he is to the Raptors , scoring 39 points to Health issues aside, the differences between Embiid and Leonard have been stark in this series. There was no set of prescribed circumstances — not even winning a championship, as Leonard has already won a

Raptors make risky blockbuster trade for Spurs' Kawhi Leonard . I guess that’s a win . The other alternative was to start the rebuild in earnest and finally close the book on one of The same could be true for Leonard in Toronto. That’s what Ujiri and the Raptors are banking on: a successful sales job.

It is not unusual for musicians, sportsmen and other popular culture influences to provide inspiration to parents when naming a child. But spikes in popularity of names, particularly basketball player’s names, have become increasingly noteworthy in recent years.

In 2018,  the popularity of the name ‘Giannis’ increased in the US by an astounding 135% and is up to a whopping 662% from 2016. This spike is surely thanks to NBA star and Milwaukee Bucks forward, Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was en route to his firstall-star appearance in 2016.

In a similar fashion, fans are expecting that the name ‘Kawhi’, inspired by Raptor’s Kawhi Leonard, will blow up in 2019/2020. The #2 player is a firm fan-favourite in Canada for his phenomenal basketball skills and just for being an all-round ‘fun guy.’

Kawhi Leonard likely to choose between Raptors, Clippers

Kawhi Leonard likely to choose between Raptors, Clippers There are sure to be more than a handful of teams that try to sign Kawhi Leonard when the NBA Finals MVP becomes a free agent this summer, but the sweepstakes may already be down to just two. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on “Get Up” Tuesday morning that the Los Angeles Lakers have very little chance of signing Leonard, both because of their financial situation and because Leonard does not want to be the third guy behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Rather, Wojnarowski notes that Leonard is “focused” on the Clippers, and he will likely choose between them and the Toronto Raptors. "Kawhi Leonard's focus [is] on Los Angeles, but it's the Clippers not the Lakers.

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in memorable fashion on Thursday night after weathering an early storm in the first quarter. The Raptors and Kawhi Leonard slowly whittled down Milwaukee’s lead in the third quarter before blowing the doors open in the fourth quarter on the back

The Raptors ' acquisition of Kawhi Leonard was an incredibly shrewd move by Toronto and Masai News of Kawhi Leonard heading to Toronto in exchange for DeMar DeRozan shocked the NBA People were already talking about whether this team should just blow it up and try to rebuild and that

One baby in Cambridge has already been confirmed to have taken on the famous Kawhi name, and basketball fans on Twitter are pretty confident that he won't be the last.

Many new-parents and parents-to-be are also taking to Twitter and confirming that Kawhi is a strong contender for the name of their new child, with several fans even confirming that their baby will take the name Kawhi - boy or girl!

Toronto mayor, Raptors superfan launch effort to respect Kawhi Leonard's privacy

Toronto mayor, Raptors superfan launch effort to respect Kawhi Leonard's privacy Toronto mayor, Raptors superfan launch effort to respect Kawhi Leonard's privacy

If Leonard and the Raptors are able to close the deal on Monday night and capture the first championship in franchise history, it will set up an unprecedented — Raptors forward Kawhi ‘Board Man gets paid’ Leonard . The Raptors ’ two wins in Oracle were stunning until they seemed obvious.

After the last win , the team walked out of Oakland barely smiling. Just one win from a title, Kawhi Leonard and the rest of the Raptors say they haven ' t done anything yet . Authorities are already taking precautions to deal with widespread celebrations, after previous wins sent fans spilling into

A number of new parents also saw this excitement as the perfect opportunity to share some adorable photos of their new babies who, naturally, have also taken the popular Raptor's player's name.

That said, there are a number of parents waiting to see if the Raptors can actually take home the NBA Final championship first, before they officially commit to using Leonard's name for their newborn.

Whatever happens in the next two NBA Finals games, it is clear that Canadians are super-proud of the Raptors, and Kawhi in particular. That said, if the team were to take home a win on Thursday, we can be fairly certain we'll be coming across a lot more 'Kawhi's' in the future!

Report: Kawhi to decline option, seriously considering re-signing with Raptors.
As expected, Kawhi Leonard will decline the final-year player option on his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, sources told Yahoo's Chris Haynes, who adds Leonard is seriously considering re-signing with the Toronto Raptors. Leonard was owed $21.3 million in 2019-20 but can earn approximately $33 million next season by declining the option and signing a new deal. Though his hometown Los Angeles Clippers have been widely linked to Leonard, the Raptors are the only team in the league that can offer him a max contract with a fifth year. The 27-year-old could also choose to join a team on a one-year contract with an option, known as a one-plus-one.

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