He also mentioned last year when the Spurs were unable to play, A lot of people questioned me about pretending to be injured or not willing to contribute to the Spurs. Anyway, these criticisms disappointed me and they underestimated my love for the game.
I need to find happiness, believe in myself, dont care what others say, just know who I am. He said, On the pitch, I dont care what the media and fans say about me. I just want to play in the right way, not think about headlines.
Leonard was so real that when he said goodbye to reporters at the end of the press conference and went back to the dressing room to celebrate, he forgot to take away the FMVP trophy which was placed on the interview table.
It never occurred to him that it was the staff on the spot who took the trophy back. Leonards attitude towards the honour that countless players are longing for is calm enough.