A couple weeks ago I read that the Clips vets were even more upset at George's preferential treatment. Leonard and George got quite a bit of preferential treatment and while some players thought Leonard deserved his, many did not think that George deserved the same treatment. I also saw that unnamed players think they are actually better players than George, so they were very unhappy with him receiving so many perks. Marcus Morris is the player that I immediately thought of but I haven't seen him named anywhere yet.
Personally, I don't see how a group can function optimally when there are two sets of rules for players, especially when one of the guys receiving benefits isn't performing as well as some players who are not receiving the same benefits. Maybe it's fine with someone of Lebron's caliber, but there is only one Lebron. I'm guessing that the Clippers had to agree to agree to to certain benefits with George and Kawhi before they agreed to join the team.
I really admire the Popovich/Tim Duncan and Spurs dynamic but I realize that's pretty old school and it's not the way it usually works.
I don't really blame them about thinking that way with George. If we're being honest the guy has been overrated for a few years now. He's supposed to be an elite two-way player but especially in the last few playoffs he hasn't had an impact there. I'd even say Brown and Tatum have looked better than him this past season, along with many others.
Kawhi is a bit of a weird dude. Like, he's generally quiet and kind of like a "silent assassin", and is said to be humble. But like, it seems he did everything he could to force his way out of the Spurs, left the Raptors without a second thought even after winning a championship, and now in LA he continues to load manage a ton and get preferential treatment. Then came the Nuggets series and I think I read somewhere that he didn't want to guard Murray and so they put someone else on him while Murray of course when scorched earth.
I also wonder if maybe the other Clippers players were upset at how Kawhi literally had everything done to bring in George, including trade away some key contributors along with all those picks. Ultimately they were probably better off without trading for George but then Kawhi may not have come.