San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich said Sunday that Kawhi Leonard is continuing his injury rehabilitation in NY with his own team of doctors and isn't sure when "his group" will clear Leonard to play.
"It's the same as a player who is the 13th man sitting on the end of the bench", Popovich said. He spent an extended period in NY prior to the February All-Star break.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Kawhi Leonard is continuing his injury rehabilitation in NY with his own team of doctors, but is unsure when the star forward and "his group" will clear him to play. Wojnarowski said there's no timetable for Leonard's return.
This is the second time this season Leonard has travelled to NY. Earlier reports indicated that Leonard has been cleared medically by the Spurs, and that the onus is on him to decide when he's comfortable to take the court again.
"Well, we only have X number of games left in the season and he's still not ready to go and by some chance he is, it will be pretty late in the season and it's going to be a tough decision", Popovich said late February. Leonard has missed all but nine games this season while nursing right quadriceps tendinopathy. "If I knew, he'd be here". He returned briefly but hasn't played since complaining of soreness in his injured thigh following a January 13 home win against Denver.
Leonard is still hoping to return to the Spurs during the regular season, although they only have five games remaining following Sunday's matchup. "Of course that's the goal (of his stay in New York), to get well, that's what he's doing. When he and his group feel he's ready, he'll be ready".
Meanwhile, San Antonio (44-32) moved up to fourth in the West after winning seven of their last nine games. He averaged 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks this season.
Leonard, 26, is a two-time All-NBA Defensive Player of the Year, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and MVP of the 2014 NBA Finals.