Before Wednesday night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich provided a somewhat discouraging update on Kawhi Leonard’s status.
Since training camp began, the San Antonio Spurs have played without Kawhi Leonard. He suffered a quad injury at an unknown point in the offseason, which caused him to miss camp, the preseason and the first 17 games of the regular season.
As of this writing, the Spurs have not provided a return timetable for Leonard. Based on head coach Gregg Popovich’s latest comments, however, the organization won’t know when he’ll be back for a while.
According to ESPN’s Michael C. Wright, Popovich said, he’s “never” seen anything like what Leonard has dealt with, in regard to his quad injury. He added that Tony Parker’s injury is the same, but the team’s superstar ” isn’t any closer to returning than TP.”
Pop just told me he’s “never” throughout his entire coaching career come across the issue that Kawhi Leonard is experiencing with his quad. He said “what’s weird” is that Tony Parker has essentially the same issue, “a quad tendon, but worse,” but Kawhi isn’t any closer to returning than TP, who will be back “very soon” according to Pop.
It should be noted, that Spurs analyst Sean Elliott said, on Wednesday’s broadcast, he’s heard Leonard has progressed well in his recovery.
Whatever the case may be, no one knows, exactly, when the San Diego State product will return. It could be next week, early December, after Christmas or in 2018. This makes it impossible to get a read on the situation, as long as the Spurs organization remains mum on the topic.
Without Leonard, San Antonio has compiled an 11-6 record, making for one of the best marks in the Western Conference. LaMarcus Aldridge has also risen to the occasion, becoming the team’s leading scorer. It’s something that will remain for a while, however long this injury to No. 2 lasts.