It seems like for the first time in over two decades at least, there’s some sort of drama coming out of San Antonio.
Superstar small forward Kawhi Leonard has sat out the majority of the 2017-18 NBA season due to injuries suffered both in the playoffs last season against the Golden State Warriors, and during rehab to his already-injured ankle. Leonard has only managed to play nine games this season in a reduced role for the Spurs before being sidelined again to take care of his nagging quad injury.
In a drama-filled week for the Spurs, coach Gregg Popovich announced that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Kawhi didn’t play for the rest of the season, and it’s now being reported that Kawhi himself is electing to sit out the rest of the year, even after being cleared to play by San Antonio’s medical staff.
ESPN story on Kawhi Leonard spending 10-plus days away from San Antonio in New York getting a second opinion — and how a return is based on the All-NBA forward choosing to manage the right quad injury. https://t.co/76FQANapeX
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 22, 2018
The news coming out of the Spurs’ camp as of late has been quite uncharacteristic for the franchise. San Antonio is known for their excellent medical team and the way they treat their players, so seeing so much drama revolving around the team and their star player is something we’ve almost never seen from Pop’s team.
What makes matters worse is the fact Leonard has reportedly been at odds with the Spurs’ front office this season due to how they’ve handled his injuries, which may be a leading reason as to why The Klaw has elected to sit out the rest of the season for the Spurs.
Whatever the case is, San Antonio better try to rectify the situation as quickly as possible, because even though they’re sitting third in the West right now, losing Leonard in the future would not help them out one bit.