Spurs' Leonard again rehabbing injury in NY


"For the second time this season, San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard has traveled to NY to continue rehabilitation for his lingering right quad injury under the supervision of outside medical personnel, league sources told ESPN", Adrian Wojnarowski and Michael C. Wright reported.

Leonard, 26, is now in NY to rehab his injured leg, and the Spurs have reportedly "grown pessimistic" that the former NBA Finals MVP will still suit up for the team this season, according to CBS Sports' Colin Ward-Henninger. That remains the case against the Clippers, as Kawhi Leonard will not play due to the "return from injury management" label, according to the official injury report.

Leonard initially sought treatment within the organization before consulting with a specialist in NY on January 16.

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.

The season-long drama regarding Leonard's health has left a lingering cloud over a franchise that needs to win its final six regular-season games to stretch its streak of 50-win seasons to 19.

Leonard, 26, is a two-time All-NBA first-team selection and was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016.

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"I've been through it", Parker told reporters.

Leonard's use of outside doctors reportedly irritated the Spurs and has prompted speculation regarding Leonard's long-term future with the club. He averaged 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks this season. Same kind of injury, but mine was 100 times worse.

"Sometimes you feel like an alien to the core group and you've got to fight through it", Ginobili said.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was asked whether the team is making an effort to keep Leonard engaged and feel as if he's a part of the team.

Rose said that he expects Leonard to try to get as physically healthy as possible in time for the offseason and to enter a situation "that is going to make him happy" and that "it is not (going to be) in San Antonio".