Don't look now, folks, but the 2019-20 NBA campaign is suddenly just a little over a month away. And all eyes will soon be on the revamped Los Angeles Clippers, who are now compelling championship contenders after managing to land both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George this past summer.
An underlying storyline surrounding the Clips is how they will opt to utilize Leonard, who is more than accustomed to sitting out his fair share of regular season games to ensure that he is 100% for the postseason. Per head coach Doc Rivers and team executive Lawrence Frank, Kawhi's "load management" won't be nearly as stern as it was last year with the Raptors, when he was limited to just 60 regular season games.
Needless to say, The Claw won't have nearly as much of an offensive and defensive burden given the squad depth that the Clips flaunt, but it would be flat-out erroneous to say that Toronto's careful management of their superstar didn't pay off in the end.
Nothing is set in stone just yet, but early indications make it seem like Rivers and Co. are bound to unleash the Board Man with no restrictions.
It's a captivating concept and that sound you hear is the Association's other 29 franchises quivering with fear.