Unseating the two-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals is not the only thing Kawhi Leonard in the Toronto Raptors thought this week.
On Monday, Leonard – also known as Claw, Klaw or Hand because of his extremely big hands – Nike Inc. in the US District Court of California sued the use of a Klaw logo that he said he created and plans to use as part of a brand expansion, including clothing and shoes. As part of an approval agreement with Nike that ended in September 2014, Leonard Nike used the logo on certain goods, but Nike was allegedly filed for copyright registration of his logo and incorrectly represented that Nike had created the logo according to the trial.
Mr. Leonard tries to be explained as the only author of the logo ̵1; a decision that will ultimately come down to the license agreement between the small forward and footwear giant, according to sports legislator.
"The complaint says that strongly indicates confusion and trademark infringement. The court would have to look at what Kawhi Leonard claims, but what the underlying contract is ultimately what is most critical," said Marc Edelman, lawyer professor at Baruch College, CNBC.
Mr. Leonard, averaging 37 points per game against Golden State, will turn his attention to dethroning Steph Curry and the company of Game 3 in the NBA finals on Wednesday night, seeking Canada's first NBA championship.