Who is Kaliyah Leonard?
Kaliyah Leonard was born in the USA in July 2016 – her zodiac sign is believed to be Cancer and she holds American nationality. She is only known for being the daughter of the famous American basketball player Kawhi Leonard, and his girlfriend Kishele Shipley.
Early life and parents
Kaliyah is being raised in Los Angeles, California alongside her brother who was born in March 2019. Their parents met sometime in the early 2010s, and moved in together around a year into the relationship. Although they have two children, Kawhi and Kishele haven’t exchanged vows.
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Kaliyah is spending most of her time with her mother, as her father is busy moving around the country playing basketball. She is said to be a very energetic kid, and is allegedly already interested in music. Kaliyah has just enrolled at a pre-school.
Age, height and net worth
Kaliyah is four years old. She has long black hair and black eyes, her height is 3ft 3ins (1.03m) and she weighs around 35lbs (15kgs). As of February 2021, her father’s net worth has been estimated at over $35 million.
Who is Kawhi Leonard?
Kawhi Anthony Leonard was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 29 June 1991 – his zodiac sign is Cancer and he holds American nationality.
Kawhi has been playing professionally for around 10 years, won two National Basketball Association (NBA) Championships with two teams.
He grew up in Los Angeles alongside his four sisters, and the five were raised by their father Mark who died on 18 January 2008 after being shot in front of his car wash – the murderer hasn’t been caught to this day. Their mother Kim Robertson is said to be a housewife.
He became interested in basketball while attending Canyon Springs High School, but after his first year there, Kawhi switched to Martin Luther King High School, and there began playing for the King High Wolves. He recorded an average of 22.6 points, 3.9 assists and three blocks per game, and was named California Mr. Basketball.
In 2009, Kawhi enrolled at San Diego State University, playing for their basketball team the Aztecs, and in the same year helped them win the Mountain West Conference Tournament. That meant that the Aztecs could compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament, but they were eliminated in the first round. The Aztecs reached the NCAA Tournament the following year and advanced to Sweet 16 before being eliminated by Connecticut, which went on to win the tournament. In 2011 Kawhi quit college, and made himself eligible for the NBA Draft.
He was picked by the Indiana Pacers, but was instantly traded to the San Antonio Spurs, signing a multi-year contract with the team, and in 2012 he reached the NBA Finals with the Spurs, but they lost to Miami Heat.
However, they faced the Heat again in 2014 and won 4-1 in games, while Kawhi was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP).
In the second half of 2014, Kawhi had a right eye infection and had to miss six games. He returned with blurry vision on 31 October but still performed well, and helped the Spurs win a match against the Los Angeles Clippers. He was injured again on 22 December, and had to skip 15 games before returning to play on 16 January. On 23 April 2015, Kawhi was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the third ever player to be both the NBA Finals MVP and the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
He signed a new contract with the Spurs on 16 July 2015 worth $90 million, and was on 21 January 2016 named to play in the 2016 All-Star Game (as well as on 19 January 2017 in the 2017 All-Star Game).
In 2017, Kawhi had to miss 27 games after he injured his right quadriceps, so his first game of the season was on 12 December. On 5 January 2018, he strained his shoulder and all these injuries were perhaps the main reason why the Spurs traded him to Toronto Raptors. The Raptors admitted that it was risky to bring Kawhi to the team because of his injuries, however, he recovered and helped the team reach the 2019 NBA Finals where they met and beat the Golden State Warriors winning the NBA Championship. Kawhi was named the NBA Finals MVP once again.
On 10 July 2019, he signed a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers worth $103 million, and on 11 December beat his former team the Raptors 112-92. On 25 December 2020, Kawhi’s teammate hit him in the face with his elbow, and Kawhi had eight stitches covering the wound in his mouth. After skipping two games, he returned with a clear plastic mask about which he was later teased.
After the late basketball player Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on 26 January 2020, Kawhi state that they shared the same pilot, Ara Zobayan who also died in the crash.
Kawhi sued Nike in June 2019, claiming they used his logo without his permission.
Who is Kishele Shipley?
Kishele Shipley was born in San Diego, California USA, on 10 April 1989 – her zodiac sign is Aries and she holds American nationality. She is probably only known for being Kawhi Leonard’s girlfriend.
Kishele and her sisters Kenisha and Kassandra were raised in San Diego, by their father Kenneth who was a businessman, and their mother Cathy Marie, a housewife. The sisters were urged by their parents to focus on their education from a very early age, and after Kishele matriculated in 2007, she enrolled at San Diego State University, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in public administration in 2012.
Kenisha and Kassandra hold degrees from California State University, while Kenisha has decided to continue her education and obtain a degree in environmental science-hydrology.
Kishele hasn’t shared a lot regarding her career, and after her boyfriend was traded to play for the San Antonio Spurs, the two moved to San Antonio together. After the birth of their first child, Kishele decided to stay at home and raise their daughter.
As of February 2021, she is 31 years old. Kishele has long black hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) and she weighs around 150lbs (68kgs).