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San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard gingerly boarding a plane will scare fans

By Rob Wolkenbrod
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 13: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 13, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 13: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 13, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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A video surfaced of Kawhi Leonard moving gingerly, up a flight of airplane steps for a San Antonio Spurs charter flight.

The San Antonio Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard, due to injury, in the preseason and the season-opening win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite the early success, Leonard will obviously be a welcomed addition, whenever he returns.

Leonard has been rehabbing a quad injury. When he suffered it, wasn’t revealed, nor a timetable for a return. That remained after Wednesday night’s game.

On Friday, a video surfaced from Larry Ramirez of KSAT 12 TV, of the 26-year-old boarding the Spurs charter flight, presumably to travel to Chicago, to face the Bulls. That doesn’t like news, and is just a basic thing teams do when traveling for games. However, it was the gingerly way Leonard moved up these steps, that will concern Spurs fans.

Kawhi Leonard boarding the #Spurs charter flight for Chicago. #KSATsports #KSATnews pic.twitter.com/Z3lgfQOtMc

— Larry Ramirez (@LRam2) October 20, 2017

Was Leonard just doing this for the camera? For Spurs fans, hopefully. With the injury, that’s keeping him out, this screams of concern for how bad it could be. The severity wasn’t made public, along with the other previously-noted unknown details of his ailment.

It’s impossible to speculate since nothing is official about Leonard’s injury. No one knows when he’s returning or if he’s even close.

When the San Diego State product hits the court for regular season action, we’ll see what kind of position the Spurs are in. If he misses the rest of October, there are games against the Bulls, Toronto Raptors , Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers and the Boston Celtics. It’s a schedule of Eastern Conference opponents, before the game against the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 2.

For now, with Leonard out, it’s LaMarcus Aldridge’s team. He had a good preseason and posted a double-double on Opening Night. The scoring load will be on his shoulders for however long this lasts.

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When will Leonard return? Right now, it’s anyone’s guess.

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