There was reportedly a meeting for San Antonio Spurs players only on Kawhi Leonard’s return to the lineup.
The San Antonio Spurs have missed Kawhi Leonard for all but nine games this season. It started with a mysterious quadriceps injury before the 2017 preseason and lingered into this campaign’s final weeks. There’s still no official timetable for Leonard’s return.
Before Wednesday’s game vs. the Washington Wizards, Manu Ginobili spoke to the media on the various things heard on San Antonio’s star player’s return, and said he’s under the assumption that no comeback will happen before the season ends. Whether that’s the case remains to be seen.
Well, more players apparently spoke up, but it happened behind the scenes. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Spurs held a players-only meeting on Leonard’s potential return to the lineup. It was “tense and emotional at times,” as several frustrated teammates spoke up about the situation. “Confusion” was expressed, too, due to the tension between the “Klaw” and the organization.
Wojnarowski noted Leonard was “resolute in response.” He insisted there was “good reason” for sitting out.
It’s the most expressive this situation has become, which followed Ginobili’s words before Wednesday’s game. The team seems frustrated, given the reports on Leonard’s status and the injury that sidelined him for all but nine games.
Especially as the season nears its end, it only puts the San Diego State product further in doubt. 10 games remain before the playoffs start, and with the Spurs clinging to the No. 6 spot in the Western Conference and three games ahead of the No. 9 seed, there’s only so much time to get Leonard onto the court, to contribute to this run.
Can the Spurs get Leonard back before the season ends? Or will everyone have to wait until the 2018-19 campaign, pending he’s still on the roster?