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Placed in Kawhi Leonard’s shoes, George Gervin has zero doubt what he would do.
Gervin, the San Antonio Spurs legend and a Hall of Famer known as “The Iceman” and now in his second year coaching the Ghost Ballers in the BIG3 league, says Leonard does have a choice to make, but it would be a no-brainer for him.
“I know San Antonio next year could give him $219 million. So my thoughts are, I’d go after $219 million, but that’s me,” Gervin told goforitradio.com at the BIG3’s stop in Detroit.
Gervin realizes Leonard, the Spurs’ disgruntled superstar who has requested a trade, preferably to the Los Angeles Lakers, must make a decision that will be good for him.
“My other thought is, he’s got a choice to make,” Gervin said. “Whatever choice he makes is the right one for him. Down the road, it will really tell whether or not if the right one for him.
“Whatever the choice is, I hope it’s comfortable for him.”
Gervin is having a good time while being part of the BIG3, which was founded by actor/entertainer Ice Cube.
“I enjoy it. It’s fun. I don’t coach it, I really try to manage it,” he said. “These guys had NBA careers and played professional basketball. It’s fun to play 3-on-3. We all grew up playing it.
“I”m real thank you for Ice Cube for making something like happen.”
Gervin was then asked about his trademark shot, the finger roll.
As a big smile ran across his face, he said, “I ain’t did one. It’ a jelly roll now.”
Maybe so, but Gervin was once of of the top basketball players in the world. In a career that saw him play four seasons in the ABA and then 10 in the NBA, the smooth 6-foot-7 guard played in 12 consecutive All-Star Games, winning four scoring titles. Only Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan have won more league scoring championships than Gervin, and he was the first guard to win three titles in a row.
He averaged 26.2 points for his career, finishing with a total of 26,595 points.
In his nine NBA seasons with San Antonio, the Spurs won five division titles. He won an All-Star Game MVP Award and twice placed second in voting for the regular-season MVP Award.
Gervin’s No. 44 jersey has been retired by the Spurs. In 1996, Gervin was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team that was recognized at the 1997 All-Star Game at Gund Arena in Cleveland and was also inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.