Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard doesn’t want to talk about Christmas right now


Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts as time runs out during second half NBA basketball action against the Milwaukee Bucks, in Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Frank Gunn/CP)

Overly crowded malls, peppermint-themed everything in coffee shops, a schedule filled to the brim with parties that you may or (let’s face it, likely) may not want to attend.

Yup, the holiday season is officially upon us.

As such, Tuesday night in L.A., before the Toronto Raptors took on the Los Angeles Clippers, an intrepid reporter decided to ask Raptors star Kawhi Leonard — who did not play in the game with a bruised right hip — what his favourite Christmas memory was.

His response?

“Not right now.”

A hilariously Scrooge-like response to an odd question, no matter how close to Christmas we are.

But before you decide you want to Photoshop Leonard’s face a Grinch-like green, we implore you to remember some of the good he’s done in the past around Christmas time.

In 2016, while a member of the San Antonio Spurs, Leonard dressed up as ‘Santa Klaws’ to drop off some gifts to a few lucky kids around the San Antonio community.

Besides just trying to get Leonard to possibly wax poetic about the virtues of egg nog, he was also asked about how he deals with the noise from television and radio regarding his potential free agency.

“I don’t really watch TV too much,” Leonard said. “There’s a lot of different things you can do these days with different apps or websites you can go to and watch TV shows, movies, etc.”

Then adding: “I don’t buy into reading media. I don’t have any social media so I just focus on what’s in front of me, whether if its family or basketball.”

So Leonard is definitely a Netflix kind of guy and most certainly won’t be reading this post. But that won’t stop the rumours from circling around him all season long. That noise is especially loud on nights such as Tuesday’s, with the Raptors playing the Clippers and all the prior reports that Los Angeles — but not the Lakers — is Leonard’s preferred destination to sign when he becomes a free agent.

Given that, it’s only natural that the local media will try to get a sense of if an MVP candidate is paying any attention to what people are saying and writing about him and his experience in Toronto.

For now, however, Leonard isn’t offering too much one way or the other on which direction he’s leaning. One thing that we know for sure, though, is two weeks before the big day is still too early to be asking him about it.

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