Kawhi Leonard is taking he and teammate (and fellow Jordan Brand athlete) LaMarcus Aldridge’s mutual All-Star status as a sign that they are “both playing well and moving in the right direction.” This could be said for all seven Jumpman athletes nominated for this year’s All-Star game. As Leonard prepares for next Sunday’s competition, he looks back at early All-Star memories and forward to rest of the regular season.
"I remember being a teenager and watching 40-year-old Michael Jordan compete in his final All-Star game. This year I’m looking forward to stepping on the court with Kobe. He's a legend and, given it’s his last year, it’ll be an honor to play alongside him," says Leonard.
"It was a great feeling to be named an All-Star starter, to know that my hard work is paying off and fans around the world are recognizing that. My team is also playing well at the moment and, with that, I’ve been given more opportunities to continue to progress on the court. It also motivates me for the second half of the season because who wants to play good for only half a season."