Kawhi Leonard: How Birthplace, Economics Works Against Superstar Staying With Raptors
My fellow Toronto Raptors fans, it would be great if Kawhi Leonard stays in Canada with the Toronto Raptors.
But for the following reasons this is not a realistic hope.
is because for many "average" and above average black American
professional athletes, Canada represents a very attractive place to live
and potentially settle down.
black American professional athletes who embraced Canadian culture
include Michael "Pinball" Clemons and more recently Henry Burris who
were both in the Canadian Football League (CFL).
are also many black American players on Toronto Raptors who also
embrace Canadian culture and a grateful for fan support across Canada.
However, black American NBA superstars like Kawhi Leonard have a completely different perspective.
Firstly, if Kawhi Leonard
is like the typical NBA superstar who has an insatiable appetite for
more more money, the Raptors would never be able to pay him enough to
compensate for the money he could be making from U.S. corporations
through endorsements if he were to jump ship and play for an American
U.S. companies are not going to give Kawhi Leonard big money as long as he's with the Raptors and Canadian companies are too racist to want to use Kawhi Leonard to market their brands.
Even if Kawhi Leonard
was black and Canadian it would make little difference. But if he were
white and Canadian lookout, many Canadian companies would be seeking to
pay him whatever he demanded.
Secondly, Kawhi Leonard was born in Los Angeles which is the home of two NBA franchises.
might have noticed than lots of people in Fred VanVleet's home of
Rockford, Illinois was cheering for him. Reportedly, VanVleet's
hometown had the biggest Jurassic Park in the States.
But I didn't see this kind of support from Kawhi Leonard's hood in Los Angeles.
American NBA superstars love getting adulation from their own hood on a
personal level and American corporate support on a national level.
Kawhi Leonard, is like the typical Black American superstar player he
will either be headed back to his hometown like LeBron did when we went
to Cleveland or at least to an American team.
Raptors fans hope to keep an NBA superstar that will get Canadian
corporate endorsements they better start searching now for a white
Canadian NBA superstar with the current likelihood that Kawhi Leonard will be moving back to the States.