Why did the Los Angeles Lakers coach, who was analyzing transfer student Rui Hachimura, bring up the name of Kawhi Leonard (Clippers)?
‘Lakers Daily’ reported on the 28th (Korean time) about Lakers coach Phil Handy. Coach Handy is a coach born in 1971 and has been walking the path of a leader since 2011. He is the coach who won championships with three different teams in 2016, 2019 and 2020. He is famous within the league as a winning contractor.
It is known that such a handy coach gave high praise for Rui Hachimura, who recently transferred to the team. The Lakers announced on the 24th that they had acquired Hachimura by handing guard Kendrick Nunn and three second picks in the draft to the Washington Wizards.
Hachimura, who joined Washington with the 9th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, is a mixed-Japanese player. He was born to a Benin father and a Japanese mother.
Hachimura entered the NBA after graduating from Gonzaga University and was named to the 2020 All-Rookie Second Team. This season, before transferring to the Lakers, he appeared in 30 games and averaged 13 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists. 메이저놀이터
“Hachimura reminds me of one of the players I coached in Toronto,” Handy said. That player is said to be Kawhi Leonard. Leonard, who plays for the Clippers, is a forward who represents the league as an offensive and defensive player.
Coach Handy shared the second win of his career with Leonard. These are the two people who led Toronto’s club’s first championship. Coach Handy has trained numerous times with Leonard and has a deep understanding of him.
It is quite interesting that he said he saw Leonard over Hachimura. Rather than a direct comparison of skills, the remarks must have come from a similarity in style. The two players are very similar in physical condition. Hachimura is 203 cm and 104 kg. Leonard is 201 cm and 102 kg. In fact, there are more connections between the two players than expected, such as the similarity in position, the fact that they are chronic players who have been on standby for a long time in college, and similar play styles.