Kawhi Leonard ‘like Maximus coming back as the gladiator’ in triumphant Raptors return

first_imgTRADE RUMORS: Which teams could target Kevin Love?Leonard went on to score 23 points, adding six assists and five rebounds as the Clippers won, 112-92, to move to 19-7, while the defending champion Raptors dropped to 16-8.Rivers praised the Raptors for how they received Leonard and was certain the often-reserved NBA Finals MVP had been touched by the occasion.”It’s like Maximus coming back as the gladiator,” Rivers said just before tipoff. “He was the champion and just did everything honorably and the right way. I was joking earlier that would be a great intro.”After the victory, Rivers added: “Some players just don’t let you in. But I can tell you that ovation, to him, was very heartfelt. There’s no doubt about that. It meant a lot to him.”I thought what the Raptors did overall — the video, the players coming out, all of them who played with him — that’s the best that I’ve seen since I’ve been in the league. That’s a really classy move by the organization and then by the fans as well.”The Klaw x The North pic.twitter.com/aZzzwl8g46— NBA (@NBA) December 12, 2019Kyle Lowry presented Leonard’s ring and the two players shared a moment admiring the memento that contains over 640 diamonds.”I was joking with him and just showing him that the ring was nice and like it was shining too bright — we were laughing,” Leonard said, according to ESPN. “Memories probably just ran through our heads. As far as winning a championship, it pretty much has come full circle now, being able to get the ring and see where the hard work came from.”But it’s more than that. It’s just a journey. For me, as far as playing for the city, the chapter coming closed once I came over with the Clippers, but I still love the city. Those guys on the team, the players, the coaching staff, I still have love for them and wish them the best.” Asked about the video tribute and fans’ reaction when he received his ring, Leonard said: “It was great, it was a great moment. They did a great job putting it together, having all the players out there that won with me, standing there and presenting the ring. It just kind of puts you back in those spots when you were on the floor, or the locker room talk going into the game, and after the game watching those highlights.”It was a special season for us, for me and for the whole city and country. I’m just glad we were able to win. It was a blessing.”The Clippers lost Patrick Beverley to a concussion, while Pascal Siakam had a game-high 24 points for the Raptors, who have now lost four of their last five games.Title teammates foreverKawhi x Kyle in #PhantomCam pic.twitter.com/zxDfvqUge3— NBA (@NBA) December 12, 2019 Clippers star Kawhi Leonard was described as “Maximus coming back as the gladiator” by coach Doc Rivers as he made a triumphant return to Toronto on Wednesday.Leonard received his championship ring in his first game back in Toronto since opting to join the Clippers in free agency after he had inspired the Canadian franchise to its first NBA title. The Raptors welcomed him back with a tribute video, and he was greeted by former teammates and coaches in the center of the court, receiving a positive reception from the home crowd.last_img read more

‘No Time to Compromise’

first_imgThe Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has appealed to political leaders, civil-society partners and the student community to support its fight against corrupt practices in the country. In his message in the observance of Anti-Corruption Day on December 9, LACC Chairperson, Cllr. James Verdier said, “We need your support. We are in this together as one nation, one people confronted with one common enemy.” “This fight is not LACC’s fight; it’s the Liberian people’s fight. You have to own this process, stand up against corruption and from wherever you are, uphold integrity, break the chain of corruption in our society.”He reviewed the history of corruption and its influences on the Liberian society since 1847 up to 1929, and from 1956 when the Bureau of Audit was established to fight corruption. “Twenty years later, we established the National Force for the Eradication of Corruption,” he said. “And yet the problem of corruption is still endemic in the Liberian society.” He also reviewed the fight against corruption from 2005 to 2010 when several anti-corruption institutions were established by the Liberian government. “During the past years, corruption in Liberia was not a principal concern due to limited education of the population, political authoritarianism, culture of tolerance for corruption and the non-existence of civil society organizations as well as a pervasive press,” Cllr. Verdier said. He said with the level of democracy in the country today, coupled with educational programs through engagements with local officials, among others, people have come to understand that corruption is a virus that retards development. “It contributes to poverty and human suffering. Education and prevention remain the best tools in fighting corruption, as prevention is better than cure,” Cllr. Verdier said. He stated that if Liberians are serious and ready to fight corruption, the time is now.He called on the Student Unification Party (SUP) of the University of Liberia, civil society groups, and political leaders, amongst others, to collaborate with the LACC in exposing corruption and supporting the anti-graft commission in the prosecutorial process, and not to be in opposition. He quoted criminologist Jennifer Arlen who said, “Crimes are not readily detected by government,” and explained that it is the ordinary citizens at different levels who see, experience and come across transactions that are corrupt in nature.“This is not the time to compromise, ladies and gentlemen. To compromise with evil is worse than evil itself. We should not be against ourselves, we must break from the past, break the chain of corruption and alter our mind and build within us the spirit of integrity and honesty,” Cllr. Verdier said. He called on the public for moral support especially during prosecution, and urged the public to encourage those accused of corruption to vindicate themselves in court. “We cannot break the culture of corruption when we support those that cause our treasury to bleed,” he said. The LACC has identified some public officials for allegedly engaging in corruption, but has over the years been unable, due to the lack of prosecutorial powers, to successfully prosecute them. The Ministry of Justice, according to the mandate, receives recommendations from LACC and proceeds with prosecution. However, the Ministry of Justice has over time been unable to prosecute offenders due to lack of evidence. The International Anti-Corruption Day is a commemorative reminder for political leaders, governments, legal bodies and lobby groups to work together against corruption by promoting transparency, with the participation of the general public.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more