Kawhi Leonard Gets Clearance to Play, Still Doubtful to Return with Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs had been missing the services of their price forward Kawhi Leonard due to obtaining a serious quad tendinopathy injury and his return is not yet confirm.
However, he already got the green light from his doctors to prepare and play.
From the latest reported news by the ESPN, San Antonio Spurs forward already has the medical clearance from his doctor to prepare himself and play again with the team. The 26-year-old native of Los Angeles spent more than a week in New York to hear the explanation of a specialist regarding his condition.
After getting a second opinion about his injury, he did not give any specific information about his return to play with the Spurs. This somehow proves that he might not be suiting up this season.
The American professional basketball player perhaps does not want to force himself and prepare better to make sure that he is returning 100% sure.
Leonard was able to practice inside the headquarters of National Basketball Players Association in Manhattan and accompanied by some designated personnel from the San Antonio team.
Currently, the Spurs are holding a record of 35-24 without their star forward and hoping to move into the next round of the ongoing NBA season. According to Greg Popovich, it is a great “surprise” for the team to see him play after getting his clearance. On the other hand, he is not thinking about it to avoid too much expectation.
Popovich is the current head coach of the San Antonio Spurs.
“We only have X number of games left in the season, and he’s still not ready to go,” said Popovich to the reporters in San Antonio yesterday as quoted by ESPN. “If by some chance he is, it’s gonna be pretty late into the season; and it’s going to be a pretty tough decision — how late to bring somebody back. So that’s why I’m just trying to be honest and logical. I’ll be surprised if he gets back this year,” he continued.
Since he obtained his injury, Leonard had missed almost 29 games this season.
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