Kawhi Leonard's Awkward Laugh Is Now a Meme

Kawhi Leonard was formally introduced to Toronto media on Monday, and he even laughed.

Kawhi Leonard

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Kawhi Leonard

It's media day in the NBA on Monday, and that means we finally get to see players in their new uniforms. For our neighbors to the north, seeing Kawhi Leonard in Raptors purple meant that summer fever dream was real! The Raptors are obviously squeezing this for all it's worth, after unceremoniously dealing the popular DeMar DeRozan to take a flier on Leonard, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. But when we saw Kawhi's first couple of photos, his deadpan expression felt like he was still in San Antonio:

2x Defensive Player of the Year. 2014 Finals MVP.

New threads for @kawhileonard. #NBAMediaDay pic.twitter.com/ArsiruetRa

— NBA (@NBA) September 24, 2018

Kawhi Leonard is a Toronto Raptor pic.twitter.com/t7guVHVjhM

— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) September 24, 2018

However, seemingly out of nowhere, Leonard laughed. Or, at least attempted to approximate what he's heard others do in fits of joy and good humor: 

Some smiling and laughing from Kawhi Leonard during his introductory press conference with the Raptors. pic.twitter.com/uYNYldpwDC

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) September 24, 2018

It's pretty obvious he's out of practice with the whole laugh thing. Here's the full exchange after his first words to Raptors fans were  an un-ironic "I'm a fun guy." 

After hearing Kawhi Leonard laugh I would rather him go back to being quiet

— Christian🏝️ (@QuietStrom_) September 24, 2018

Twitter users obviously responded:

For some reason Kawhi’s laugh reminded me of this pic.twitter.com/DMznkojmnW

— Art Vandelay (@KingFavre) September 24, 2018

Here’s Kawhi Leonard doing whatever the robotic equivalent of laughing is. pic.twitter.com/2ZzHM0B7nY

— Faizal Khamisa (@FaizalKhamisa) September 24, 2018

Kawhi laughs like his software needs to be updated https://t.co/MLAcK9RGWt

— Zito (@_Zeets) September 24, 2018


ME: https://t.co/G1CJodnSO8

— THE KID MERO 🇩🇴 (@THEKIDMERO) September 24, 2018

Kawhi hasn't really turned over a new media-friendly persona, though, as this footage of him ducking out of the spotlight shows:

Kawhi often feels like a Dada art exhibit, where he just sits on a stool and silently broods as the rest of us extrapolate some made-up meaning for his posture and countenance. In this metaphor, his laugh would be an exclusive exhibit they make the public pay double to see. 

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