Spurs' Leonard again rehabbing injury in NY

Arnold Nichols
April 2, 2018

Spurs All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard returned to NY last Monday to continue rehabbing his lingering quad injury, coach Gregg Popovich told reporters before Sunday afternoon's home game against Houston.

"He's trying to get well", Popovich added.

Leonard arrived in NY on Monday and has been working out at the gymnasium inside the headquarters of the NBA Players Association.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is unsure when Kawhi Leonard will return as he waits on the All-Star's own team of doctors to clear him to play.

Spurs staff has traveled to NY to meet with Leonard and stay abreast of his treatment and activity, sources said.

Is there a possibility Leonard could get clearance from his doctors on this trip?

"Well, we only have X number of games left in the season and he's still not ready to go and by some chance he is, it will be pretty late in the season and it's going to be a tough decision", Popovich said late February.

Leonard has played in just nine games, scoring 16.2 points per game compared to his average of 25.5 last season. "If I knew, he'd be here".

The Spurs have only five remaining games before the playoffs start, which means Leonard is running out of time to return to the lineup.

With his classic dose of sarcasm, Popovich made it clear that it'll be up to Leonard and "his group" to determine when he will return to the team. "Of course that's the goal (of his stay in New York), to get well, that's what he's doing". Leonard hasn't played in a game since January 13.

The Spurs are 8-2 in their last 10 games after beating the Rockets Sunday to move to 45-32 on the season, good for fourth in the West, a half-game ahead of the Thunder. "When he and his group feel he's ready, he'll be ready", Pop said, via the Associated Press. Dealing him to the Lakers would also be "doing right" by the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year as San Antonio grants him his wish of playing for his hometown club, Early said.

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