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Los Angeles Clippers fined after Doc Rivers compares Kawhi Leonard to Michael Jordan

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The Los Angeles Clippers were fined $50K on Friday for violating the NBA's anti-tampering rule because of recent comments in which coach Doc Rivers compared Kawhi Leonard to all-time NBA great Michael Jordan.

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Leonard, who led the Toronto Raptors to the NBA Finals, is slated to become a free agent after the season, and the Clippers are one of the teams expected to seek his services.

Rivers made the comments Tuesday when he appeared on an NBA Finals preview show on ESPN.

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"[Leonard] is the most like Jordan that we've seen," Rivers said on the show.

Kawhi Leonard powers through for a dunk during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals
Image: Kawhi Leonard powers through for a dunk during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals

"There's a lot of great players. LeBron [James] is phenomenal, [Kevin Durant] is phenomenal. Not that [Leonard] is Jordan or anything like that, but he's the most like him. Big hands, post game, can finish. Great leaper, great defender, in-between game. If you beat him to the spot he bumps you off, and then you add his three-point shooting."

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The Clippers haven't been shy about their upcoming interest in Leonard, who is a native of Riverside, located approximately 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

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