Kawhi Leonard spoke to the media at Wednesday’s San Antonio Spurs practice, and commented on his potential return to the court.
For the majority of his time out, San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard did not speak to the media about his injury or the reported tension between him and the organization. This left more questions than answers, and potentially set up an offseason dilemma.
At Wednesday’s Spurs practice, Leonard spoke to the media, as he continues to work his way back to the court. It was the first time he made public comments since the team ruled him out in Mid-January.
Among other soundbites, according to Michael C. Wright of ESPN.com, Leonard said he does not have a set date in mind to return. He commented on the rehab progress, however, which seemed to be a positive in his comeback:
“I don’t have a set date right now [for return],” the 26-year-old Leonard said. “The progress I’ve been making has been great. [The pain] is diminishing. It’s hard to explain, but I’m definitely better. I feel better and, and I’m feeling more comfortable.”
Obviously, for the Spurs, the higher comfort level and diminished pain are positives, since it’s an injury Leonard has dealt with since the preseason. That was over five months ago, and the severity of it remains a mystery. However, as long as he’s healthy for the season’s stretch run, that will not matter and San Antonio can attempt to play at full strength for a rare occasion.
Fewer than one quarter of the season remains, though, and how much of it Leonard will be part of. How methodically will head coach Gregg Popovich work him into full-time minutes? What might this mean for others in the rotation? It’s a continuous process that features a long line of questions, but let’s see if it’s finally about to end.