Kawhi Leonard Still Lives Like He’s In College Despite Making Millions

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Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard isn’t a flashy guy. He doesn’t talk trash on the court, he won’t show you up, and he barely speaks his mind when it comes to interviews. He’s as businesslike as it gets when it comes to professional athletes. He’s also pretty damn good at basketball, which earned him a nice little five-year, $94M contract with the San Antonio Spurs.

If you were a 24-year-old kid who just scored a contract that pays you $16.4M for the next year, you’d probably buy a lot of nice cars, maybe a quaint $1,000,000+ house, and a lot of the greatest quality steaks America has to offer. Kawhi? No, he still lives the life of a broke college kid.

From Sports Illustrated:

Leonard spends his summers in a two-bedroom apartment in San Diego, where he hangs a mini hoop over one door so he can play 21 against [friend and roommate Jeremy] Castleberry. He carries a basketball in his backpack even when he isn’t going to the gym. He often drives a rehabbed ’97 Chevy Tahoe, nicknamed Gas Guzzler, which he drove across Southern California’s Inland Empire as a teenager. “It runs,” Leonard explains, “and it’s paid off.”

He is happy to sponsor Wingstop, which sends him coupons for free wings, so he can feed his Mango Habanero addiction. This winter, after his $94 million contract kicked in, he panicked when he lost his coupons. Wingstop generously replenished his supply.

The guy can buy almost whatever he wants and he’s rolling around in a ’97 Chevy Tahoe probably worth around $1,100, eating free wings from fucking Wingstop, and living in a two-bedroom apartment with his childhood best friend. Not only that, but when his damn free wing coupons got lost, he panicked. Panicked! He’s an addict!

To be honest, though, I kinda respect his lifestyle. Far too often in professional sports you see athletes go broke just years after they retire because they’ve spent their career raining tens of thousands of dollars at the club just to impress some skanks that’ll be gone tomorrow. Plus, Kawhi gets free Wingstop. Can’t hate on that.

[via Sports Illustrated]

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  1. Colonel Reb forever

    I respect that he’s making every effort to avoid becoming another financial cautionary tale. Good for him.

    8 years ago at 10:00 am
  2. Bill Werrell

    It’s really awesome to see a professional athlete not blowing all of their money on cars and shoes the minute they make it big. This guy is much smarter than the vast majority of his colleagues.

    8 years ago at 10:33 am
    1. RisingFratstarOfTX

      Probably cuz hazemaster Popovich warned him against it, and you can’t not take him seriously.

      8 years ago at 10:59 am
    2. Pledge5

      Yep. He’s also sponsored by Jordan brand so he probably gets all the free shoes he wants.

      8 years ago at 12:00 pm
  3. Cope

    At least he’s not pulling a Tim Duncan and also buying all his clothes at Goodwill

    8 years ago at 10:41 am
  4. Theta High

    honestly, he is living the dream. Living with your best friend, spending all your life playing the sport you love and eating free wings.

    8 years ago at 10:50 am
  5. white_mj

    $1,100 for a 97 tahoe…..good luck….chevy offered me $500 for an 04 in decent shape….assholes.

    8 years ago at 1:09 pm
    1. Fratstarbator

      meaning Chevy bought it from you for 500 and sold it at a higher price. your first mistake was selling it to a dealer rather than selling it privately

      8 years ago at 1:15 pm
  6. GoodbyeNormalStreet

    Kawhi’s father was murdered at a car wash he owned in Compton when Kawhi was 16. If anyone ever had a good excuse to feel sorry for themselves, he did. Chose basketball as an outlet and has a phenomenal work ethic. True role model for future generations.

    8 years ago at 12:36 am