Williams made the revelation on ESPN's WYD? with Ros Gold-Onwude:
"The dude is a leader," Williams said, adding he believes Leonard is "trolling a little bit" by acting standoffish in front of the cameras.
The two-time NBA Finals MVP was often viewed as the prototypical San Antonio Spurs superstar because of his business-first approach in seven years with the franchise.
He tried to show a little personality during his introductory press conference with the Toronto Raptors in 2018, and his laugh immediately became a meme:
Leonard later referenced the situation after leading the Raptors to last year's NBA title:
Now the 28-year-old Los Angeles native has the Clippers among the league's title contenders if the 2019-20 season eventually resumes after being delayed indefinitely by the coronavirus pandemic.