Nick Nurse: ‘Can’t Blame’ Kawhi Leonard For Wanting To Go Home

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Nick Nurse discussed his initial reaction to the news of Kawhi Leonard leaving the Toronto Raptors for the Los Angeles Clippers, saying he understood Leonard’s desire to return home. 

“I think you can’t blame a guy for wanting to go home. That’s what he texted me today. ‘I’m going home.’ And I just said, ‘You’ve changed a lot of lives, man, by what you’ve accomplished in Toronto. Mine especially,'” Nurse said at Summer League.

Nurse added that Leonard’s departure meant an expanded role for several players. 

“I always say that the challenge is our fuel and the tank is certainly full. So we got a change for some guys to expand their roles maybe that wouldn’t have had expanded roles in the situation, and I think we got some guys capable of doing that,” added Nurse.

Nurse also addressed the challenge of having to game plan for several new-look teams next season. 

“It’s not unlike going into a playoff series. I’d look at these teams and I’d say, ‘I don’t know how in the hell we’re going to beat them,’ and then you go to work and put a plan together. So right now I’m not sure how we’re going to be able to do it, other than we’re going to come out and guard you, and we’re going to move the ball, and we’re going to play with energy, and we’re going to try and play a lot of people, and we’re going to keep developing our guys.”