This young basketballer, Kawhi Leonard born on the 29th day of June 1991 is currently a junior forward for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Prior to his fame, he was active in college basketball where he played for two seasons for the San Diego State Aztecs. In his sophomore year, the budding basketball star was a consensus second-team All-American.
During his first season with San Antonio, the rising star was named NBA All-Rookie First Team being selected in the 2011 NBA draft, 15th overall pick. In 2014, while the basketballer was making waves with the Spurs, he bagged an NBA championship and was subsequently named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. He has won NBA Defensive Player of the Year twice in a row and also made it to the All-NBA First Team, first in 2016 and again the next year.
His Father’s Death
The famous basketballer was born as the youngest child of Mark and Kim Leonard. He has four older siblings who are all girls. His father, Mark, owns and operates a car wash in Compton where he met his untimely death from a gunshot on the 18th day of January 2008.
According to Detective Frank Salerno of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, no arrest was made and they couldn’t find any motive for the killing. It has been over a decade now and the Leonard family has stopped asking for updates from the authorities since the murderer seemed to have disappeared into thin air.
During the period after his dad’s death, his friends, teammates, coaches, and family rallied around the junior forward, consoling him. According to Coach Tim Sweeney, they tried their best to be there for him but then, his performance was no longer what it used to be, he was a teenager dealing with one of the most painful experiences imaginable.
Kawhi Leonard Wife (Kishele Shipley), Girlfriend, and Daughter
The larger than life basketballer is in a relationship with beautiful Kishele Shipley who is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in public administration. She graduated in 2012 and worked as a human resource professional in San Diego.
Reports have it that the couple met while Kawhi Leonard was still in San Diego but after his selection by the Spurs, Kishele relocated with him to Texas in December 2014. Now, when a lady agrees to relocate for the sake of a relationship, it means total commitment.
From the dearth of information available to the media, it can be surmised that the basketball star is trying to shield his girlfriend from the eyes of the press, but when a girl is in love with an athlete of Kawhi’s standing, there is definitely no hiding place.
Thus, here’s what we dug up about Kishele’s background; she was born in San Diego on the 10th day of April 1989 which makes her a couple of years older than her boyfriend. Her parents are Cathy Marie Shipley and Kenneth Shipley, she has two sisters – Kasandra and Kenisha.
Recently, Kishele has taken an interest in home decoration and design; she has devised many interior ideas which she saves on her Pinterest account. Does this mean that she has great plans for their future home together?
Anyway, in 2016, Kishele’s status in her boyfriend’s life changed from girlfriend to baby mama when she gave birth to their daughter. Even Kawhi’s status changed too as he did not only become a father, he also got engaged. According to him, having a child gives one a great feeling.
While it’s a common knowledge that Kawhi Leonard and Kishele are very much into each other and living together with their daughter, the status of their relationship isn’t clear to many. Although many regards Kishele as the basketballer’s wife, she is described only as the man’s partner on several quarters.
Height and Body Measurements
You cannot talk about gigantic basketball players without mentioning the San Antonio Spurs junior forward who can conveniently be described as the colossus of basketball. Kawhi stands at a great height of 6 feet 7 inches and weighs 104 kg (230 lb).
Details of the rest of his body measurements are yet to be confirmed but references are often made about the big guy’s hands which are described as gigantic.