“This kid is playing and you know, I like where he came from,” Shaquille O’Neal says about Kawhi Leonard. “He wasn’t a high draft pick. This right here is the true definition of hard work.” Shaq just couldn’t stop gushing about Leonard, who he says has moved up to being the “second best player in the NBA.”
O’Neal continues: “I love this kid. I love his demeanor. He never cries. He never complains. He plays the same way all the time… [Leonard] is closing in on the best player.”
Is Leonard closing in on Kevin Durant, James Harden, Steph Curry or Russell Westbrook, winners of the last five NBA MVP Awards? No. Shaq sets it straight: “Well you know LeBron is still the best player,” he says.