Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant shared his thoughts on why he thinks Kawhi Leonard and Paul George picked the Los Angeles Clippers over Lakers last summer:
“I’m sure Kawhi wants to take the challenge of winning independent of playing with LeBron. Maybe that was the same for P.G. I think they relish the challenge of taking on something new. I don’t think it was a slight at the Lakers. It was more about circumstances and what was already here in L.A. and on the Lakers, and they wanted to take the challenge of building something new.
But the Lakers did OK. I saw a lot of Lakers fans were very disappointed, and rightfully so, that they didn’t get Kawhi. But you did get Anthony Davis. The Lakers have two freaks of nature. They’re going to be fine. It’s a hell of a time to be in L.A.,” Bryant told Arash Markazi of Los Angeles Times.