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Pat Riley says Meyers Leonard will get 2nd chance in NBA after anti-semitic slur

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 09: Meyers Leonard #0 of the Miami Heat warms up before the game against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on January 9, 2021 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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Meyers Leonard has been without an NBA team ever since his anti-semitic slur during a video game live stream, but that could change. Pat Riley, the Miami Heat President, thinks Leonard will get a second chance in the NBA.

Leonard, the former center for the University of Illinois, is accustomed to the spotlight on him, but it has not always been for the greater good. Leonard was one of the few NBA players to stand during the National Anthem in the NBA Bubble, which put a lot of eyes on him.

The fine and the one-week for Leonard turned into a trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder, in which he was ultimately waived. The story of Leonard in the NBA is not over yet, although he is currently still a free agent.

“He’s going to play basketball again. He will.”

Pat Riley

With Leonard working on bettering himself, and Riley, who knows him very well, thinking he will get a second chance, it can certainly happen.

If you are looking for a star-free agent, Leonard is not that guy, but he has a lot of experience. He is, however, a great role player and is still only 29 years old.

Leonard averaged 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds throughout his career while shooting 48.2% from the field and 39% from downtown. Those numbers will not stick out to you, but Leonard can be a good bench piece for any team nonetheless.

A potential reunion could be in store

With Riley showing some love for his former player, a reunion could be in the works.

“I would be ecstatic if I could play for the Miami Heat again. I fell in love with that place, I really did. My wife and I love it there.”

Meyers Leonard

Leonard hopes to get back under the bright lights in the NBA’s 75th season in a world known for its cancel-culture.

“I can only be hopeful that people will allow me to bounce back from a mistake.”

Meyers Leonard

The future for Leonard is unknown, but he is staying NBA-ready. Riley believes this is not the last time we will hear from the 7’1″ center.

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