"[Kawhi] is the most like Jordan that we've seen," Rivers said while on NBA on ESPN. "Not that he’s Jordan, or anything like that. But he’s the most like him. Big hands, post game, can finish, great leaper, great defender, in between game. If you beat him to the spot, he bumps you off. And then you add his 3-point shooting."
"Kawhi is the most like Jordan we've seen."— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 29, 2019
Doc Rivers has some high praise for Kawhi Leonard. pic.twitter.com/i1R2gR1VrT
Shortly after Rivers made the comments, a wave of disagreement and accusations of tampering was expressed online.
Love Kawhi and I understand he means because he’s a great two way player, but people need to take a deep breath and count to 10. https://t.co/vSQavVaDOo— Marl Kalone (@KaloneMarl) May 29, 2019
WHAT??? Doc Rivers say No. 2 is the closest thing we've seen to Jordan??? Not Kobe??? Here we go. Undisputed. 9:30 E. FS1.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 29, 2019
Doc Rivers saying Kawhi is most like MJ since MJ on a national platform isn’t considered tampering? Asking for a friend.— DraymondShouldAlwaysWear23 (@CountOnVic) May 29, 2019
There have been multiple reports that the Clippers are attempting to acquire Kawhi as the current Raptors star is rapidly approaching free agency.