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NBA Star Kawhi Leonard Signs $103M Contract, Buys "Lightly Scratched" Subaru Forester

When you are an NBA star you can drive whatever you want. Surprisingly, Kawhi Leonard drives a previously owned 2016 Subaru Forester.


Kawhi Leonard signed a three-year $103 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, but a report from the Onion says the NBA star just bought a 2016 Subaru Forester SUV. We can’t figure out why unless he wants to cruise the LA Boulevard anonymously. No one would ever look for a big-time NBA basketball player to be driving around in a boring Quartz Blue Pearl Compact SUV. Why not buy a new-generation 2019 Forester if you want a small SUV?

The 2016 Subaru Forester will be a sleeper and he likely won’t be recognized anywhere he goes. With $103 Million in his pocket, the report says Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard vowed not to let his new surroundings change him, and he doesn’t want to “succumb to the glitzy L.A. lifestyle.” The Forester is about as far away from “showtime” as you can get.

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Apparently, Kawhi Leonard is one of the most down-to-earth star athletes on the planet. A story on the NBA star from CNBC reported Leonard drove the same beat-up SUV (a 1997 Chevy Tahoe) he’d had since high school. He nicknamed it the “Gas Guzzler,” and had it since he was a teenager. Leonard told Sports Illustrated, “It runs … and it’s paid off,” when asked why a professional athlete making millions would hang onto a nearly 20-year-old SUV.

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Leonard, who won a championship with the Spurs, grew up in Moreno Valley, near Riverside California so he knows what the LA lifestyle is like. He can drive his “lightly scratched” blue Forester and not have to worry about getting an expensive sports car damaged.

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So now it makes sense why Kawhi Leonard would purchase a 2016 Subaru Forester with scratches in the paint. He really is a humble NBA superstar and doesn’t need an expensive luxury car to feel good about himself. Now that’s refreshing.

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Mike (not verified)    August 5, 2019 - 8:48AM

In reply to by Denis Flierl

"The Onion" is reporting this? You do realize the onion is a news satire site, right? One of their other current headlines is, "EPA administrator proves carbon emissions not harmful by inhaling directly from truck's tailpipe." You might as well be citing Mad Magazine as a source.

Terry Bunnett (not verified)    August 4, 2019 - 12:05PM

My lacrosse team won a championship, I drove a 10 speed bicycle the rest of that summer.

AJ (not verified)    August 4, 2019 - 1:05PM

I’m hoping the writer/editor know the Onion is a spoof website. Hopefully i’m just missing the tongue-in-cheekiness here :)

TJ Sacooh (not verified)    August 4, 2019 - 1:23PM

The Onion is a satire news page. They literally make up jokes and report it as news.... And you reported this as news. Dennis, you're a fucking idiot.

Chris (not verified)    August 4, 2019 - 1:42PM

He most recently won a championship with the Toronto Raptors. I figure if you're only going to be talking about 1 championship then you'd reference the most recent one (it's still only a few months ago) - not one from a few years ago.