Kobe Bryant Comments on Mentoring Kawhi Leonard, Bruce Bowen Comparisons

February 7th, 2016 by Danny Webster Leave a reply »
Kawhi Leonard has accomplished a lot early in his career.

He was named an All-Star for the first time in his career this season, was named the 2014 NBA Finals MVP and has been named the Defensive Player of the Year. At 24 years old, his resume is already a mile long.

That doesn't mean he doesn't have room to grow. After the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 106-102 on Saturday, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich asked five-time world champion and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant about possibly mentoring the young star, which Kobe commented on, per Ananth Pandian of CBS Sports:

After the game we talked about Kawhi a little bit. [Popovich] wanted me to stay in his ear a little bit and talk to him a little bit. I definitely, definitely, definitely will. I think he has a tremendous amount of potential and he's only going to get better. So if I can help him out in that regard, I most certainly will.

Despite his long list of accomplishments, Leonard is having a career-best season in his fifth year. He's averaging a career-high 20 points per game while shooting a career-best 47 percent from three-point range ...

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