Kawhi Leonard's Schedule Didn't Allow Him to Spend Much Time with O'Brien Trophy

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2014

SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 15: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs poses for a portrait with the Larry O'Brien and Bill Russell MVP Trophy after defeating the Miami Heat in Game Five of the 2014 NBA Finals on June 15, 2014 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs worked hard to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy at the end of the 2013-14 season. However, when it came time for Leonard—the 2014 NBA Finals MVP—to spend time with the trophy this summer, he didn't have much time to enjoy it.

The Spurs allowed each player to spend three days with the trophy this summer. The trophy made its way around the world, but when it got to Leonard, it didn't see much time outside.

Per Mark Ziegler of UTSanDiego.com, the trophy spent most of its time in Leonard's apartment:

NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard got 'Larry' for three days in Southern California. He had it Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and he arranged for people to take pictures with it at his annual skills camp for youths last weekend in his hometown of Moreno Valley.

And Thursday and Friday?

It sat in the living room of the San Diego condominium he rents during the offseason while the Spurs staffer who chaperones the trophy around the world lounged at a UTC hotel pool … while Leonard was at his three-a-day workouts.

'I didn’t have any time to do anything with it,' Leonard explained. 'My workout schedule is crazy.'

He and his teammates spent months working to win the trophy. After all of that work, the 23-year-old didn't even want to take a break from his workout schedule to spend time with the 2-foot, 14.5-pound trophy.

Leonard's explanation, per Ziegler, made a lot of sense.

“I’m just a low-key guy,” Leonard said. “I’m just happy we won it. I don’t even care about the trophy. The title matters the most.”

Hoisting the gold trophy after clinching the NBA Finals is what most players dream about. However, Leonard doesn't need to spend time with the trophy to remind him that he and his teammates are champions.

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