Kawhi Leonard, Rob Pelinka, believes the Los Angeles Lakers are moving forward Leonard's decision to join the LA Clippers and learning from last summer's ill-fated decision to add ball-handling playmakers while sacrificing shooting.
"I really did not spend much time thinking or characterizing that," Pelinka said in a conference call on how close the Lakers were in the Leonard hunt with the Clippers and Toronto Raptors. And that's just what you've got, that's just what we've done, you've made all our chess pieces on the board to make our moves and close foot forward. "
Leonard made his decision and added his name to Leonard DeMarcus Cousins, Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, JaVale McGee, Quinn Cook, Alex Caruso, Jared Dudley, and Troy Daniels.
Pelinka says that with LeBron James 'and Anthony Davis' approval
"I think the conversations we have with our players, we want to keep those private just because they are important, "Pelinka sa id. Anthony Davis & LeBron have a great time with you and your team. Anthony Davis & LeBron have a great time with you.
"We view our relationships with our partners here as partnerships. Both Anthony and LeBron have been incredibly valuable to me. "
And even though the Lakers
"I think the greatest teacher in life." for all of us is experience, "Pelinka said." And I think that's great. I think we took a lot of what happened last year into account. The North Star for us just what we wanted to add more shooting. We wanted to have perimeter defenders, high-IQ players, guys with high character, and then a versatile lineup. "
" You always have to learn, and evolve and adapt as a leader, from the past, " Pelinka added. "For us, nothing short of a championship is not success. So we have to learn from last season, because we did not win a championship. [1
Leonard, former Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that the Leonard's camp wanted to meet him and control Jean the buff, though, would not allow Johnson to attend any free-agent meetings.
With the Clippers remaining Leonard, Pelinka What did he do if he had a chance to lose his job? ackstabbing him. "
" I can say this, we're incredibly grateful of just supportive messages, "Pelinka said. "We know he's pulling the Lakers, he's making that clear, and he's just getting it out of the way." As you know there are certain league-mandated rules
Since Johnson stepped down on April 9, Pelinka has found himself taking plenty of heat at times, from Johnson's accusation of betrayal during their time together
"I think what we owe to the fans here is not our answering to critics or criticism, "Pelinka said. If I focus on responding to individual criticism, any minute or five minutes of time I spend a few minutes on the Lakers team putting this team in a position to win championships, that's been my focus, has just been in the work, really not responding to the critics. "