SportsPulse: With all the hoopla surrounding Kawhi Leonard and Paul George’s arrival to LA one thing can not be lost: Jerry West’s magical touch on the Clippers. As Trysta Krick puts it, he is more than just the logo. USA TODAY
Kawhi Leonard shocked the basketball world Friday night with his free-agency decision to join the Los Angeles Clippers, followed by Paul George joining him via a trade with Oklahoma City.
The NBA had already been through to play night when an aftershock from the California earthquake forced the end of a Summer League game, but then the league was shook figuratively hours later.
Leonard took a while to make the decision. And the efforts to recruit George and somehow pull off the trade were kept a secret. Here are the best reactions from around the league.
Kevin Love had quite the thread of responses to the news.
Dwayne Wade was all for the league shakeup.
Jamal Crawford certainly never saw it coming.
This is the quietest heist I’ve ever seen !!!!!!!!!!! 😨😳😐😬
– 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) July 6, 2019
Donovan Mitchell said what we were all thinking.
Kendrick Perkins had his own take on what went down.
I know Doc Rivers did not just pull this off !!! Wow ClipperNation !!! Doc must have went in the rapping meeting Jay Z and Singing Beyoncé !!!!
– Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) July 6, 2019
It seems like new teammate Patrick Beverly’s phone was blowing up over the news.
Robin Lopez remarked on just how much he has changed in the NBA.
I’ve said it before but if you woke up from a 25 year coma and found out the Raptors, Cavs and Warriors have chips and the Bucks, Clippers and Nets are all contenders they would have to relive you again
– Robin Lopez (@ rolopez42) July 6, 2019
Jusuf Nurkic paid homage to a classic Kawhi meme.
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