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Lakers-backing L.A. coffee shop chain bans Kawhi Leonard

The Los Angeles Lakers failed to land Kawhi Leonard in free agency, and now a coffee chain in town that supports the team has banned the superstar from all its locations despite the fact he signed with the city’s other NBA team, the Clippers.

Alfred Coffee, which boasts numerous outlets throughout L.A. and elsewhere, announced via an Instagram story that Leonard, along with Paul George, who joined the Clippers courtesy of a blockbuster trade with the Thunder, have both been declared a persona non grata.

“We reserve the right to refuse service to Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and anyone else affiliated with the Clippers organization,” the coffee chain shared in the Instagram story.

Josh Zad, an L.A. native who clearly wears his Lakers fandom on his sleeve, is the owner of Alfred Coffee. Eater Los Angeles reached out to Zad to confirm that both Leonard and George are indeed actually banned from the chain — as opposed to the entire bit being a snarky joke — but has yet to receive a response.

The Lakers obviously are disappointed at failing to convince Leonard to join their LeBron James-led squad, but who knew the team’s fans hold the Clippers organization in such contempt? Although sour grapes over Leonard’s spurning of the Lakers probably upped the antagonism quite a bit.