Kishele Shipley is the striking girlfriend of the NBA player Kawhi Leonard, who’s currently with the Toronto Raptors. Kishele’s boyfriend is originally from Riverside, California, and has become one of the most dangerous and spectacular players in the NBA. Keep reading to learn some interesting facts about Kishele!
Before getting into details of Ms. Shipley’s life, there are some things you should know about Kawhi:
The Spurs wingman was NBA’s 2014 Most Valuable Player (MVP) and in 2015 received the title of NBA Defensive Player of the Year. It was in Canyon Springs High School that Leonard started playing basketball, and continued during his junior year while attending King High. Kawhi graduated from San Diego State, where he also gained notoriety in the basketball court.
The 2011 NBA Draft was representative for Mr. Leonard: he was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 15th overall pick. Kawhi was traded by the Pacers to the San Antonio Spurs along two other players in exchange for George Hill. The Spurs wingman has continued to renew his contract with this team, and the final deal came in July 2015, when he re-signed a five-year deal, $90 million contract.
Leonard and the Spurs’ relationship started to deteriorate following a right quadriceps injury, and the way the team handled his injury. He missed the first 27 games of the 2017-2018 season.
He was out again on January 5, 2018, when he suffered a partial tear in his left shoulder in a game against the Phoenix Suns.
A couple of days later due to his rehabilitation process from right quadriceps tendinopathy he was ruled out for an indefinite period of time.
He was cleared to play on January 17, but he asked to have a second opinion from his own doctors instead.
A tense and emotional meeting went out with Kawhi and his teammates after they asked him to join the team, but he refused and stayed out of the court for the rest of that season.
Former teammate Manu Ginobili commented about Leonard’s absence.
“He is not coming back. For me, he’s not coming back because it’s not helping [to think Leonard is returning]. We fell for it a week ago again. I guess you guys made us fall for it. But we have to think that he’s not coming back, that we are who we are, and that we got to fight without him. That shouldn’t be changing, at least until he is ready for the jump ball.”
Leonard asked for a trade in June 2018; after several months of negotiations, the Spurs traded Kawki Leonard and teammate Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors, in exchange for Jakob Poltl, a 2019 first round draft pick and DeMar DeRozan.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, commented about the trade.
“Kawhi conducted himself wonderfully while he was here,” Popovich said, crediting him on for being a “hard worker all the time.”
“At this point it’s time to move on,” Popovich said. “I’m concerned about Jakob and DeMar and our basketball team. We’ve got a lot of young kids and it’s exciting.”
Kawhi made his debut with the Toronto Raptors on October 17, 2018, against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Raptors defeated the Cavaliers 116-104, Leonard had 24 points and 12 rebounds.
“I’m still learning my team, and figuring out I don’t really have to do too much with all of this talent that we have.”
“I’m trying to get better,” he said. “It’s easy to shoot a good 3-point percentage if you catch-and-shoot. I’m taking more shots off the dribble, more off the pick-and-roll, in transition. … I’m going to keep shooting. That’s how you get better.”
Kawhi Leonard’s relationship has been kept as private as possible in order to protect Kishele, but this is what we know about her!
- Kishele M. Shipley was born on April 10, 1989
- She’s a San Diego, California native
- Her parents are Kenneth Shipley and Cathy Marie Shipley (née. Coleman)
- Kishele Shipley has two sisters: Kasandra, and Kenisha
- There’s a picture of Mr. Shipley posing with Leonard’s MVP award!
- The 27-year-old gal met Kawhi while he was living in San Diego
- Kishele relocated to Texas after her boyfriend was selected by the Spurs, nowadays she is in Toronto with her man.
- The beautiful Ms. Shipley graduated in 2012 from San Diego State University with a degree in Public Administration
- She worked as a Human Resources professional in San Diego
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