When an athlete becomes a professional, he usually gets a lot of money in a hurry. It’s rare to find a star athlete who doesn’t immediately go on a spending spree. Which makes San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard a special kind of player.
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Over the summer, Leonard signed a $94 million contract extension. With that kind of money, many pros would splurge on a mansion, a couple of Lamborghinis and an expensive Rolex watch—but not Leonard. He still tools around in the 1997 Chevy Tahoe he drove in high school.
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Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated profiled Leonard in an article, describing him as a simple man who doesn’t like attention. Leonard’s reasons for continuing to drive the vehicle he calls Gas Guzzler: “It runs” and “it’s paid off.”
Leonard is a bonafide NBA All-Star and the new leader of the Spurs, yet he remains humble, quiet, and devoted to getting the job done. That’s probably why fits so well in Gregg Popovich’s system in San Antonio. To find out more about Leonard, go here.