Kawhi Leonard’s father, Mark, was shot and killed while Kawhi was in high school. The horrific incident occurred on January 18, 2008 at the car wash Mark owned in Compton, California. The NBA star used basketball to take his mind off the tragedy.
One Day After Mark Was Murdered, Kawhi Played In A High School Basketball Game
Kawhi played in a basketball game for Martin Luther King High School, one day after finding out that his father was murdered. After the game, Kawhi broke down and cried while hugging his mother, Kim Robertson. That was one of the first and only times Kawhi expressed emotions.
“My Dad Is Dead”
Kawhi’s mother picked him up from a basketball game and told him that his father was murdered during the ride home. Him and his brother were in the car and Kawhi responded “My dad is dead.”
Kawhi’s mother explains that she never saw Kawhi suffer from his father’s death. He kept his emotions hidden and never used his father’s death as an excuse. Instead, Kawhi focused on his game and would eventually become one of the best players in the NBA.
Kawhi And His Father Were Very Close
Kawhi and his father had a wonderful relationship. ESPN explains that Mark and Kawhi hung out all the time. Mark trained Kawhi and he frequently took him to the car was he owned.
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