The Kawhi Effect

The Kawhi Effect

The league just keeps on a-changin'

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So... it finally happened, after a whole season of speculation, rumors, and general confusion over what was going wrong inside the Spurs' organization, Kawhi Leonard has been traded to the Raptors with DeMar DeRozan going to San Antonio.

The reasons for Leonard's falling out with the Spurs organization is beyond unclear. The reserved superstar that has basically been built up to this point thanks to the Spurs doesn't want to come back from an injury for various reasons and then demanded a trade from the team because he wants to play for the Lakers all of the sudden. The timing of all this seems opportunistic as this has come after his injury, and judging by the fact that his main managers are family members calls things into question. From there side it would make sense to use the injury as a way to put leverage over the Spurs and try to get to Los Angeles as fast as possible, a bigger market and payday for them no matter the actual fit or desire of the Kawhi. I know he said he wanted to go himself but this whole situation is so shrouded in mystery and confusion, especially when the relationship between the Spurs and Leonard has been rock solid before this, makes me think there is a lot more that might be going on here than a sudden rift opening up between them with one of the quietest players in the league.

Leonard has managed to combine all the things of a player leaving a team in the worst way possible over the past few years. He prolonged an injury without any decent communication between himself and the organization, creating tensions like with Derrick Rose. He wants to leave the team even with one year left on his contract before trying to jump ship with the Lakers like Paul George. And he's done it in a passive aggressive way to a team that doesn't seem to really need/care about him like Kevin Durant and Gordon Hayward. He's a real supernova.

These messy breakups of superstars with their old teams drives further proof home how much power the players have now over their future, and what must be catered to before they might end up leaving the team over it. I'm not trying to say the players are brats and the owners are innocent, but if there's any case of a player forcing his way out of a team, it's with Kawhi Leonard now. This won't create some kind of mass exodus from various teams, but it creates an even more precarious situation with how teams make moves and manage their star players. DeMar DeRozan was fine with the Raptors but now he was sucked into this situation and now he has some real problems with the Raptors that didn't even exist before, so player freedom doesn't even always lead to the best result for the players.

And now Kawhi Leonard is the best player in the Eastern Conference on the team with the best record last year and next season appears to be the new LeBron James cork that no other team from the Eastern Conference can escape from to reach the Finals. That's a major influence he has on half of the league and I wonder if that power alone might be enough to keep Kawhi on the Raptors in the future, as he will have much better chances at getting cracks at the Finals then he would if he were in the west, if that's what he wants.

Kawhi's move makes him the new LeBron in the East and I think the conference will go along business as usual for next season with Kawhi's Raptors making it to the Finals. The question is what might happen next offseason as Leonard might leave and there could be another great movement of stars East in order to deal with the easier competition and help some of the up and coming teams.

It's been a wild past few summers in the NBA, and Kawhi Leonard really is the last person anybody would have expected to make his mark.

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10 Fun Facts About Animals That Will 100% Make Your Day

A little animal pick-me-up.

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The beautiful world that we live in is filled with so many different animals that are all unique and special. There's something to learn from each living creature on our Earth. Here are some facts about animals that will surely make you smile and maybe give you the pick up that you need!

1. 3% of the ice in Antarctica is made of penguin urine

Penguins really make their mark.

2. Dolphins name their friends

Dolphins associate a sound to each of their friends.

3. Cows love to listen to music

Cows have been shown to produce more milk when listening to slow music.

4. And they have best friends

They get stressed out when their best friend is not with them.

5. Honeybees know how to dance

They dance to survive and tell fellow honeybees where the flowers are.

6. Rats like to be tickled

Rats laugh when tickled. Who doesn't like to be tickled?

7. Squirrels will adopt orphans

If baby squirrels are left abandoned, fellow squirrels will take them in.

8. Elephants self-soothe

We all need some self love.

9. Worms want companionship and with companions snuggle

We all love to snuggle, even worms.

10. Quokka's can smile

I think I found my new favorite animal.

Hopefully, these facts about animals make you feel warm and fuzzy. Have a great day.

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A New Years Resolution Must PART 2

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**If you haven't read, A New Years Resolution Must, I wouldd take a peek at that real quick before you get too into this because it will make MUCH more sense :)

Quick thought before I get to the main point of my article:

I really really enjoyed the 25 Days of Kindness Cards and I definitely want to do something similar again in some way shape or form. I have not decided yet but in scrolling through some of the older articles I've written, I remembered what I wrote this past year for Lent. In 10 Things To Give Up For Lent Other Than That Favorite Candy Bar, I talked about writing letters to different people. My original plan was to write 40 letters, one for each day of Lent. It failed miserably. 40 is a lot! But I definitely think approaching that in the same way I wrote the 25 Days of Kindness Cards will be a better way to spend some time in reflection, not just during Lent, but during any point of the year. You don't just have to write a letter. You can just send the little quotes of kindness. Leave them in random people's mailboxes or slip them under a door or leave them on a bus seat or a park bench. You never know who'll need it.

NOT THAT LENT IS ANYTIME SOON... I don't want to rush the seasons. Just a thought or two to get you thinking if you were considering taking on something like this. Or maybe to get you thinking :)

Okay, now to the real point:

In keeping with the theme of my last article-spreading little bits of kindness all over-I wanted to share with everyone the 18 different kindness quotes that I put in each of the 25 Days of Kindness Cards. Like I said in the little blerb before, you don't even have to write a letter. Print these out and spread them out in your dorm building, across campus, or any other place you can think of. Save them and text a different one to a different person each day. Maybe these will be the few that get you going on your small acts of kindness journey!

How do we change the world? "One random act of kindness at a time"

Surprising Effects Of Kindness

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You will never regret being kind

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May every word that is ever spoken by our mouths or typed by our fingers be words that lift up and never words that tear down

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Be good to people. You will be remembered more for your kindness than any level of success you could possibly attain. 

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Kindness begins with me

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Kindness is like snow-It beautifies everything it covers. 

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Do small things with great love.  (Couldn't not put this one in there :) ) 

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Kindness is not an act. It is a lifestyle. 

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Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person's life. 

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One kind word can change someone's entire day

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Kindness is free. Sprinkle that stuff everywhere. 

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Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. 

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Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. 

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Be silly. Be honest. BE KIND. 

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Be the reason someone smiles today. 

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A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions. And the roots spring up and make new trees.

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You never know what light you might spark in others just through your kindness and your example. 

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I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay... small acts of kindness and love. 

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Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.

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Choose kind over cool. 

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