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Manu Ginobili Is Convinced Kawhi Leonard Won't Return To The Spurs

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Despite all the rumors flying around the Twittersphere revolving around the return date for Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard, it seems a few of his fellow teammates have had enough of the constant updates, and have given up waiting for Kawhi to take the court this season.

Leonard was scheduled to return last week against the New Orleans Pelicans according to various sources -- even the Spurs themselves reported it -- but alas, Leonard was suited up (literally) on the bench like he has been all season.

San Antonio is desperately missing their All-Star leader, as the Spurs are running a real risk this season of missing the playoffs for the first time in 20 years, something which was once thought of as an impossibility.

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Much like the story of the boy who cried wolf, Spurs teammate and legend Manu Ginobili has heard enough of the rumors, and has made up his own mind on if Kawhi will be coming back this season or not.

When asked on his thoughts on Kawhi missing the game against New Orleans, he had this to say.

"For me, he's not coming back because (thinking he is) is not helping... But we have to think that he's not coming back. That we are who we are, and that we got to fight without him. That shouldn't be changing, at least until he is he is ready for the jumble."

Obviously, Ginobili would be dying for Leonard to return to the lineup as quick as possible to help the Spurs' playoff push, but Manu's a realist. He realizes that with every game that passes, it's less likely Kawhi will be taking the court for the Spurs this season, and doesn't want himself or his teammates to be left out in the cold waiting for a return that will never materialize.