What You DON'T Know About The LeBron & Kawhi NBA Rivalry (Ft. Defense, No Emotion & Insults)

Jan 4, 2020
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LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard have an NBA rivalry deeper than just the Lakers and Clippers, but here’s what you don’t know. #NBA #Lebron #Kawhi
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If you look at the head to head matchups, Kawhi actually leads 15-8 although LeBron pretty much dominates the stat categories. This year, LeBron and Kawhi are both in LA on championship favorite teams, but this rivalry started way before, almost 7 years ago so I wanted to take a look at it. Drop a like for Kawhi smiling, a good 6219.
Around the same time just two weeks ago, LeBron made his comments about load management, stating that Why wouldn’t I play if I’m healthy? It doesn’t make any sense to me,” “My obligation is to play for my teammates. If I’m healthy, then I’m going to play. If coach sits me out, then I’m not healthy. It’s just that simple.” It’s kinda funny since this was also LeBron a few years ago.
Doc Rivers, the Clippers head coach, responded saying the Lakers' load-management philosophy "is whatever LeBron says it is," and then went one step further, sorta accusing LeBron of trying to attack Kawhi, saying. "Everybody has a reason for saying whatever they say." All this already gives off the vibes that there’s something between LeBron and Kawhi. Let’s not forget Kawhi’s New Balance commercial that takes shots at LeBron, when he mocked him with the crown keychain, which was part of the whole LeBron isn’t the King anymore thing. The commercial is literally called “Reign over LA”.
So let’s look back before this season. Really in 2013 was when Kawhi and LeBron faced off. Again, Kawhi wasn’t a superstar or anything and LeBron was the MVP of the league. This was the third straight finals for the Heat. Remember, this is only Kawhi’s second year in the league. He’s 21 years old and his primary defensive assignment is LeBron. And LeBron started off..badly. In the first 3 games of the finals, LeBron didn’t even break 20 points in any of the games. Three games into the finals, Leonard has held LeBron to 16.7 points on 38.9 percent shooting from the floor and a 23.1 percent clip from three. LeBron himself has some more stakes on these finals. When LeBron made the finals in 2007, he got swept by the Spurs. And while his team was trash, Bron admitted that he let the Spurs dictate the way he played and settled for jump shots instead of driving to the paint. So this finals was also meant to show how far he had come. But to see LeBron struggling after possibly his best seasons created a lot of headlines involving Kawhi being a possible LeBron stopper.
LeBron would find his way and play well in the next 4 games. He would then average 31.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 6.8 rebounds. Kawhi would miss a crucial free throw in Game 6 which eventually led to one of the clutchest shots ever. Kawhi’s start was always linked with LeBron which was further solidified in the 2014 NBA Finals.
The 2014 NBA Finals is the Spurs redemption story and the emergence of Kawhi as a star. Although Kawhi still hadn’t really taken the mantle offensively in the 2013-14 season, averaging only 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds, the finals would be where we saw Kawhi shine offensively in the last 3 games, averaging 23.8 points and 68.6% from the field. In these finals, LeBron was as efficient as ever, averaging 28.2 points on 57% from the field and 52% from 3, but he only averaged 4 assists and 3.8 turnovers a game. Kawhi was instrumental in getting LeBron to give the ball up more. Only 17% of LeBron’s touches when guarded by Kawhi led to shot attempts which is way less than the 35% against all other defenders.

What I find really interesting is that LeBron never gave Kawhi the proper respect he deserved for guarding him in the Finals. Part of LeBron may think that it’s really Popovich and his schemes that annoyed him in the finals, not Kawhi’s individual greatness, even if Kawhi is a 2 time defensive player of the year. (Oh come on man). Oh and if you were doubting Kawhi’s actual defense. This is a graphic of Kawhi’s defense on LeBron versus other Spurs players. LeBron touches the ball less, shoots less, and drives less against Kawhi.
Kawhi also paralleled LeBron by going to the East and leading a team to the finals and eventually a championship. So essentially what this comes down to is competitive play and legacies that are linked. There is respect between the two, but because Kawhi was called the LeBron stopper and a legitimate one at that, the two were meant to be rivals. From the moment they met in the 2013 NBA Finals, they have acted as rivals. But what do you think? Who’s winning the ship this year?

  • So Kawhi or LeBron? Yeah...my tik tok: vm.tiktok.com/Cv1FpK/ Second channel: usworlds.info/tv/ZWAssCaz6YHMXGziCKtdPw

    MJ2KALLDAYMJ2KALLDAY9 months ago
    • Kawhi Leonard all the way. I respect LeBron though.

      Nexus SixNexus Six3 months ago
    • Kawhi

      Kyri DemetriKyri Demetri4 months ago
    • @ATK UZI Celtics > 76ers

      Jamal Murray #BlueArrow #MileHighBasketballJamal Murray #BlueArrow #MileHighBasketball4 months ago
    • Kawhi is a 2x DPOY, 2-1 in the Finals and a 2x Finals MVP. LeBron doesn't have a DPOY, posts a 3-6 Finals record, despite owning 4 league MVPs. I'm taking Kawhi cause he's not a stat padder, actually plays defense every possession and has won more games against LeBron.

      Jamal Murray #BlueArrow #MileHighBasketballJamal Murray #BlueArrow #MileHighBasketball4 months ago
    • D Thomas Jordan started his career in the 80’s

      M MarlowM Marlow4 months ago
  • yea it’s the voice for me. can’t do it.

    Jerrad DennisJerrad Dennis18 hours ago
  • Toink!

    Jae Hee YoonJae Hee Yoon16 days ago
  • You gotta delete this video in light of how badly Kawhi choked and Lebron about to get his 4th ring. Lol.

    Oliver TomasOliver Tomas16 days ago
  • 21 bricked that bad 9:01

    MaddenGaming0427MaddenGaming0427Month ago
  • Fuck LeBron

    ANT92ANT92Month ago
    • @Almighty Pussy fuck you too lil bitch

      ANT92ANT92Month ago
    • fuck you

      Almighty PussyAlmighty PussyMonth ago
  • Fun fact: that whenever LeBron feels like someone is stealing his attention he gets mad jealous, repeatedly telling the media that he’s the ‘best player in the league’, and doesn’t show any proper respect to that said player

    A dog In a hoodieA dog In a hoodieMonth ago
  • lebrons the best no cap who agrees?

    SKL POLSKL POL2 months ago
  • Another fact for yall Lebron fanboys Lebron hasn't won Defense of player of the year

    Veeto GVeeto G2 months ago
    • @Jah lebron never locked up kyrie kobe did at the age 35. Last night cj and dame cross him over and blew by him with ease.. Kobe was a better player. lebron is just like magic minus the dog in him because he soft like charmin. The main reason the NBA soft because he made it cool to not beat the best but join the best that dont sound like a competitor to me. You think magic bird etc. Wanna join jordan no they want to beat him. Magic is a better defender than Lebron. Magic and lebron are the best all around player. That just doesn't translate to being the best player.

      Veeto GVeeto GMonth ago
    • @Jah lebron isn't a good on ball defender. He great at help defense. He only got 5 first team defense in 17yrs which isn't good to be considered the goat. Lmbo Kobe got 9 or 10. Lebron still don't get no respect from hall of Famer because he done left his franchise twice. Team hopper. He never went through rebuilding mode. Kobe lead a underachieving Lakers team that wasn't supposed to be the 8 seed with the roster he had in 05 06 season. Lebron always asking for help or leave for help. He is a coward like dame say running away from the grind team hopping.

      Veeto GVeeto GMonth ago
    • @Jah no they didn't

      Veeto GVeeto GMonth ago
    • Veeto G they snubbed lebron for a defensive player of the year award

      JahJahMonth ago
    • @Jah plus they snub Kawhi for mvp like they did Kobe supposed to at least have 3 mvps

      Veeto GVeeto GMonth ago
  • So Kuzmas trainer calls out LeBron. That's all fine a dandy but my guy...What about the guy you're actually training. He is as inconsistent as a woman's emotions. Get ya boy Kuz in the "lab".🙄

    Timothy CohenTimothy Cohen2 months ago
  • LA King

    Escobar Jit MontanaEscobar Jit Montana2 months ago
  • La king

    Just a GamerJust a Gamer2 months ago
  • Kawahi better than lebron he’s very all rounded .He can shoot ,dunk,good finishing moves ,defend .etc

    strap gramstrap gram2 months ago
    • Jah naw I’m being fr Lebron alright but I’m personally feel Kawahi better .lebron has better dunks.kawahi better and he went to love camp

      strap gramstrap gramMonth ago
    • strap gram you high ? i think u are

      JahJah2 months ago
  • You just don’t talk about game 6 you son of a bitch, lol!

    Michael MayMichael May2 months ago
  • La king

    mobile gamingmobile gaming2 months ago
  • Lebron hating on Kawhi ppl forget about these fax on this video

    Veeto GVeeto G2 months ago
  • Kawhi isn't a Lebron stopper, he's an everybody stopper

    Florian VolkFlorian Volk2 months ago
    • Florian Volk not really

      JahJah2 months ago
  • Kawhi got subbed in and yelled what it do babeeeee!

    Dutch LeeDutch Lee2 months ago
  • LA king leBron

    Cosmic GamingCosmic Gaming2 months ago
  • Laking

    Chris 14Chris 142 months ago
  • LA KING!!!!

    Zaid ParrishZaid Parrish2 months ago
  • This is such a 'LeBron hate' video 😅

    Gordon CourtneyGordon Courtney2 months ago
  • They don't hate each other. Reason for that is when Lebron picket Kawhi. Plus this is all for the basketball, because they want their team to win

    Nikola DimitrovNikola Dimitrov2 months ago
  • Kawhi brought Toronto a championship. Thanks

    Dwayne GreeneDwayne Greene2 months ago
  • Are you saying he is better than lebron

    Dalton SloneDalton Slone2 months ago
  • If kawhi didnt get injured when spur and golden state met in conference finals, golden state would have one less championship, if it wasnt for dirty undercut play of zaza. And the way the spurs did kawhi dirty during his injury... calling him out saying he's soft for not coming back earlier, was the end of an era for the spurs. After that, writing was on the wall... kawhi to toronto. I'm a blazers fan, so this unbiased because I hate spurs, lebron, warriors, lakers, and anyone else in this conference. But Kawhi is a beast.

    Tin TranTin Tran2 months ago
    • Tin Tran nah lebron is still the best and will be the best for a little while. stop disrespecting the king. but i do agree with you on the warriors. every year they won the chip, the team that would’ve beaten them had one or more very important players injured

      JahJah2 months ago
  • Only because the Splash bro.... Aren't there. Just wait. Team lightskin will be back

    Rod MetRod Met2 months ago
  • Your content is hot garbage

    noah gatesnoah gates2 months ago
  • Lapasso ing

    Real vs RealReal vs Real2 months ago
  • Lebronnie has a team that year, and he hand picked that team,but whatever happened to him whn he Miami,

    Jay SmithJay Smith2 months ago
  • Here we go with this LeBron hater

    Emilio VGCEmilio VGC3 months ago
  • This is like my 5th video of yours I'm watching while grinding 2k so I will subscribe and like.

    Zombiesperm1Zombiesperm13 months ago
  • Kawhi is the greatest athlete ever

    junk wumbojunk wumbo3 months ago
  • Kawhi can’t even stop kd he most definitely can’t stop lebron

    Jeremiah TaylorJeremiah Taylor3 months ago
  • La King

    Ryan McClungRyan McClung3 months ago
  • I love seeing LeBron get bothered by the robot Kawhi. It's just so funny thinking the chosen one can't handle a defensive legend that modeled his game after Kobe and MJ. I'm not a LeBron hater I'm just glad someone plays defense in the modern NBA.

    Dutch LeeDutch Lee3 months ago
  • la king

    Mason DalkaMason Dalka3 months ago
  • Do the stats really matter if u lose only in thus nba it do

    mackdaddymyersmackdaddymyers3 months ago
  • LA KING.....KAWHI ALL DAY BABY!!! LONG LIVE KING LEONARD. (Just my opinion) Have a blessed day all and see you in the next video. ❤🤜🤛👍🙏✌💨🥂

    Raymond HernandezRaymond Hernandez3 months ago
  • La kings’

    Nicholas MambroNicholas Mambro3 months ago
  • 9:03 Wtf

    Jsoan BwisbqoJsoan Bwisbqo3 months ago
  • To be a stopper and let your man break records is contradictory

    Brad MasonBrad Mason3 months ago
  • Kawhi

    DFUZE EliteDFUZE Elite3 months ago
  • kawhi jus luvs stopping ppl from 3peating XD (first lebron on da heat then da golden state warriors)

    Edward LamEdward Lam3 months ago
  • Clippers should win the championship they got Kawhi and Paul George

    XxxtatecionxxXXxxtatecionxxX3 months ago
  • I think he just ruined he free throw routine but either way kawhi is a Lebron neutralizer not stopped

    EGEG3 months ago
  • Lebron is just nothing for kawhi

    Song Ki-SooSong Ki-Soo3 months ago
  • What do you mean Lebron stopper Lebron distroys him

    Nicholas PinaNicholas Pina3 months ago
  • Man I’m spot on when I say that your videos remind me of a SpongeBob episode you literally use sound effects from SpongeBob . fuck. Makes me want to Knock your teeth out or stop watching the video. It’s a shame because the content seems interesting but you have such a way of ruining it

    Albert VillalobosAlbert Villalobos3 months ago
  • LA King

    Bilal MutawakilBilal Mutawakil3 months ago
  • I still say the clippers had a savage as off-season. THEY PULLED PG AND KAWHI ON THE SAME DAMN NIGHT

    DaevonTheSavageDaevonTheSavage3 months ago
  • I kept spotting those same nine trophies Shaq and Kobe took pictures with after their one on one talk episode 💪🏾💪🏾😔😔😔

    DaevonTheSavageDaevonTheSavage3 months ago

  • what ppl dont understand about load management is that when kawhi goes anywhere the team knows that they might win a ring and kawhi dont need many players to get it, eg the raptors

    Ha ha HaHa ha Ha3 months ago
  • nah they friends

    ACEBrawlers _ACEBrawlers _3 months ago
  • Hail to the True Silent King... Kawhi

    Biyahe Ni MedrepBiyahe Ni Medrep3 months ago
  • La King

    lil Patrick gaminglil Patrick gaming3 months ago
  • I don’t see any LA kings in the chat

    Raymond AcanceRaymond Acance3 months ago
  • Isn't crunch time the Lebron-stopper?

    Christopher HyunChristopher Hyun4 months ago

    Creekside GamingCreekside Gaming4 months ago
  • La king

    Karam DhattKaram Dhatt4 months ago
  • L.A. King

    Keith RicheyKeith Richey4 months ago
  • “But I think that no matter how smart, people usually see what they're already looking for, that's all”. Veronica Roth

    ddhaiti213ddhaiti2134 months ago
  • Did I see it right? LeBron just said "Fuck" when Leonard was subbed in?

    Midnight BluesMidnight Blues4 months ago
  • 6 ads per video? Yeah brother after year plus subscribe I’m out

    J WJ W4 months ago
  • "LA king"

    AkivatronAkivatron4 months ago

    Prodigy QbProdigy Qb4 months ago
  • If kawhi have joined Lakers the would be champions without a doubt

    Amk ArronAmk Arron4 months ago
  • Man, your voice is so low😂

    Versaga, Joshua E. AB12A1Versaga, Joshua E. AB12A14 months ago
  • Kobe is the king of L.A

    It's EsaihIt's Esaih4 months ago
  • That’s odd. Lebron picked Kawhi in his all-star team 2 times

    Chriss LifireChriss Lifire4 months ago
    • Maybe coz he might get embarassed if kawhi was his enemy those times its just opinion just maybe you know hehe..

      Gedrick LeidoGedrick Leido28 days ago
  • Since when did they not like each other🤨

    Akeem ScottAkeem Scott4 months ago
  • La king Kawhii is going to win the chap

    Emmanuel AjadiEmmanuel Ajadi4 months ago

    Ultimate PirateUltimate Pirate4 months ago
  • LA KING? no doubt its kobe!

    Kristian NebrijaKristian Nebrija4 months ago

    Mac-Gustave MULONDA KMac-Gustave MULONDA K4 months ago
  • La king

    Hector zamudioHector zamudio4 months ago
  • LeBron said Kawhi is the best defender on him after the 2016 NBA Finals

    Alvin JoeAlvin Joe4 months ago
  • Great video dude, but you need to check the sound of your mic. Too many low-mids. Too muddy. It's really unpleasant.

    bazingacurtabazingacurta4 months ago
  • Kawhi has always had better teams doesn't have to play every game plus he's younger. He should be the man because he doesn't have to carry his team every night. He is smart because he quietly makes sure that he has too many advantages.

    Kennard BrownKennard Brown4 months ago
  • 6:45 Kawhi is a magician on defense x) hahah like this comment if you get the joke

    #PgTrym91 Norwegian Sports fan, gamer & Guitarist#PgTrym91 Norwegian Sports fan, gamer & Guitarist4 months ago
  • I wanna know the song that u use in the end of ure video plzz...

    Divye KalraDivye Kalra4 months ago
  • MJ sounds like he is recording at 3:00 am

    ahnaf arikahnaf arik4 months ago
  • Maybe stfu and get to it in the first 5 minutes. That would help followers u fucking idiot

    Kp SKp S4 months ago
  • Kawhi scares the living hell out of Lebron. Kawhi has played in the west more than Lebron won a ring in his first year in the East. Kawhi locks up Lebron and LA is his home town he’s trolling LBJ and if he beats Lebron again while being on the clippers I’d run and hide if I’m a Lebron fan because If he boots Lebron aka goes through him to win his 3rd ring and 3rd finals mvp to tie Lebron now Lebron has a huge problem on his hands, forget the Kobe Lebron debate hahah

    Rebel 4444Rebel 44445 months ago
  • 5 months into 2020 and hearing him say happy new year is depressing af 😩save that shit for 2021 my g😂

    J TheGoatJ TheGoat5 months ago
  • Hold up. Did Lebron just cringe like "not this nigga again" just from seeing Killer K enter the game? Did that just happen. Please tell me I'm wrong? I love LeBron, but can't put him past those boys Kobe and mj. I can't even imagine them doing this... Shut even if I saw it I'd deny it like a religeous zealot. It's inconceivable! Another great vid!

    Luciano SimmonsLuciano Simmons5 months ago
  • LeBron James is scared of kawhi because kawhi is great defender

    Tristan 2434Tristan 24345 months ago
  • What it do babeee fun guy always win and care less 2 final mvp champion, 2 defense of the year, 1 mvp all star kobe award, yea lebron a beast but Kawhi best 2 way player in the nba sorry

    Djazes YessiirrDjazes Yessiirr5 months ago

  • la king spurs king qwsertyguh

    MichaelShhMichaelShh5 months ago
  • Leonard is the fuel that drives Lebron to get better. Lebron has taken his game to places he didnt know he could take it. This is because of Leonard. I dont see a hatred at all. I see a love for competition and basketball that has evolved the game. I'm grateful for both of these men for driving each others games to higher levels.

    Alu MinateAlu Minate5 months ago
  • king kawhi

    Cj TahmasebiCj Tahmasebi5 months ago
  • La king

    ELI ON STIXSELI ON STIXS5 months ago
  • They worked out together n wen bron said he goin to play he speakin for him self

    Kizz AroundKizz Around5 months ago
  • LA king

    elipiggyman13elipiggyman135 months ago
  • Lebron is the better player but in the case Kawhi vs Lebron Kawhi won

    UnknowkerrorUnknowkerror5 months ago
  • La King

    Floyd WitsoeFloyd Witsoe5 months ago
  • La king is kawhi

    Christian MillsChristian Mills5 months ago
  • La king

    Chase BakerChase Baker6 months ago