Kawhi Leonard Drives A ’97 Chevy Tahoe Because ‘It Runs And It’s Paid Off’

Featured in the March 14 issue of Sports Illustrated is a fantastic profile of unassuming Spurs superstar Kawhi Leonard. Inside, there’s a litany of what seem like extremely typical Kawhi Leonard anecdotes, such as how he refused to correct a reporter who kept incorrectly awarding his points to a teammate, how he committed to San Diego State simply because they recruited him first, how he lives in a two-bedroom apartment, or how his main sponsorship is Wingstop.

They left out the part about how he didn’t celebrate with the championship trophy back in 2014 because he was too busy working out. But nothing reverberates as quite so quintessentially Kawhi as the fact that his automobile of choice is apparently a late ’90s model Chevrolet. Via Lee Jenkins of SI.com:

He often drives a rehabbed ’97 Chevy Tahoe, nicknamed Gas Guzzler, which he drove across Southern California’s Inland Empire as a teenager. “It runs,” Leonard explains, “and it’s paid off.”

Leonard somehow continues to inoculate himself against the trappings of sports superstardom, and you couldn’t choose a player more suited to the San Antonio Spurs in terms of both his personality and style of play if you tried to build one in a laboratory (which we’re still not 100 percent convinced that isn’t what happened here).