It might be a stretch to say the Kawhi Leonard is missing Toronto and his time in Canada now that he’s settled in at home with the Los Angeles Clippers.
But the “here for a good time, not a long time” Raptors hero made an impression up north, and it certainly seems that his one season with the Toronto Raptors made a lasting impression on the Southern California native, even if he hasn’t got his championship ring yet.
“The guys, the journey, you know what I mean?” Leonard said when asked about what has stuck with him after his whirlwind 12-month stint in Toronto that ended with his second NBA title in June and him opting to sign with his hometown Clippers in July.
“Also, the country, the city, it was amazing. Just so much, you can keep going on and on.”
It’s not like Canadians let him forget anyway.
“I was just telling someone the other day, it’s shocking to me how many Canadians do live here (in L.A.) or are just visiting,” he said after the Clippers practised in advance of Leonard’s reunion game against the Raptors on Monday night (10:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet NOW).
“Just walking around, people say, ‘I’m from Toronto or Winnipeg’ or these different cities in Canada. You never know unless you go play up there and they recognize your talent from playing with the Raptors.”