February 1 declared “Kawhi Leonard Day” in San Diego

LA Clippers Kawhi Leonard (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LA Clippers Kawhi Leonard (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The city of San Diego has proclaimed that February 1, 2020, will be dubbed “Kawhi Leonard Day” to honor his accomplishments.

To honor the LA Clippers’ star player, the city of San Diego, California has proclaimed that February 1, 2020, will be known as “Kawhi Leonard Day” as stated by Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

This honor comes after it was announced that Kawhi’s jersey will be retired by his college, San Diego State. The retirement will happen on the same day. Leonard will have his jersey retired during halftime of the Aztecs’ game just hours after he and the Clippers host the Minnesota Timberwolves. It is likely most, if not all of the team will attend.

During his time with the Aztecs, Leonard led the school to two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. He averaged a double-double during his time at the school with 14.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.

With his title in Toronto last season, it makes sense that San Diego State would make him the first player to have their jersey hung up in the rafters.

This season with the LA Clippers, Leonard has been unstoppable. He is currently in the midst of an eight-game streak where he has scored 30+ points in each contest. He also earned his first career triple-double on January 25 versus the Miami Heat in a much-needed victory for the Clippers.

Leonard has looked like the best player in the league at times and the management of his knee issues seems to be working for the better. With him on the roster, the Clippers have arguably their best shot a championship in franchise history, which coincidentally, at one point existed in San Diego.

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Having a whole city celebrate a day for you is an honor but I would be willing to bet we barely see emotion for Kawhi as the city of San Diego lifts him up.