Kishele Shipley and Kawhi Leonard like their privacy. A man of few words, Leonard has not revealed much about his personal life and prefers to keep the details under wraps. Despite being in a committed relationship with his girlfriend, Kishele Shipley for six years, Leonard has barely talked about their personal life. He is not the one to give interviews and has kept details under wraps. Despite his personal tendencies to keep things secrets, Leonard’s achievements on the court are well reported. But not much is known about his personal life and his girlfriend, Kishele Shipley. So, in this article, we will try and examine the life of Kishele Shipley.
Early Life and career:
Kishele Shipley was born on the 10th of April 1989, in San Diego, California. Born to Cathy Marie and Kenneth Shipley, Kishele is the middle child of the three siblings and has two sisters, Kenisha and Kasandra. Not much is known of Kishele’s early life. As for education, Kishele enrolled at the University of San Diego and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration. Not much is known of Kishele’s life after University. While she is believed to be working as an HR professional, not much is known of Kishele’s career.
Kishele and Kawhi Leonard first met at the University of San Diego and began dating soon after. Following their graduation, the pair moved away from California and settled in San Antonio, Texas. The pair had their first child in 2016, a daughter, Kaliyah. The pair also had a second child, Mark, in 2019, who is named after Kawhi’s father who tragically passed away in 2008. Not much is known about the pair’s time together and given Kawhi’s tendency to keep things secret, many wondered if he was married to Kishele.
Partner: Kawhi Leonard:
Best known for his defensive prowess, Kawhi Leonard is one of the NBA All-Stars who is looking to leave a legacy. Nicknamed as the “Claw,” for his ball-hawking skills, Leonard has quite the awards cabinet, 2 times NBA finals MVP, six-time All-Defensive Team, and Defensive Player of the Year in both 2015 and 2016.
Born on the 29th June 1991, in Los Angeles, California, Leonard is the youngest of the five children born to Kim Robertson and Mark Leonard. As a young kid, Leonard attended the Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, before moving on to Martin Luther King High School. During his high school years, Leonard played for the King High Wolves basketball team and was named California’s Mr. Basketball in his senior year.
Getting into the NBA:
After graduating from high school in 2009, Leonard enrolled at the San Diego State University and was part of the Aztecs basketball team. Leonard had a massive growth spurt while at college and led the team to the Mountain West Conference championship title, earning several accolades in the process including MWC Tournament MVP in 2010, MWS Freshman of the Year, First Team All-MWS, as well as the Second Team All-America. In February of 2020, Lenoard’s jersey number (15) was retired by San Diego State University.
Leonard began his career in the NBA in 2011 when he was drafted by the Indiana Pacers. However, he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs the same night. In his debut season, Leonard missed the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge and was a member of the USA’s Select Team. He was selected for the NBA All-Rookie First Team for the 2011-12 season. In 2014, Leonard helped the Spurs to reach the NBA finals and won against the Miami Heat. Leonard was also awarded as the Finals MVP, becoming the third player to do so.
After a frustrating discussion with the Spurs, Leonard was traded to the Raptors where he won the 2019 Championship and took the buzzer-beater shot in Game 7. He also won the MVP of the Finals, for the second time. In 2019, Leonard left the Raptors and joined the Clippers.