Kawhi Leonard returns to NY for rehab

Michele Moreno
April 3, 2018

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.

According to reports, San Antonio's medical staff has been in NY on both occasions to stay updated on his progress.

"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 travelled to NY to continue rehabilitation on his lingering right quad injury and has his own team of doctors focused on getting him back on the court. Leonard has been using the National Basketball Players Association headquarters gymnasium facilities in recent days, sources said.

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

Time is running out on Leonard's chances of returning to the active roster this season, and optimism has waned that Leonard will play in any of the Spurs' six remaining regular-season games or join them in the Western Conference playoffs.

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.

The handling of the injury has reportedly created tension in the Spurs' locker room, leading to a players-only meeting in March.

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

Leonard stepped away to focus on rehabbing the injured quad after a nine-game return to the Spurs that ended on January 13. 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. He is averaging 16.2 points and 4.7 rebounds.

Is there a possibility Leonard could get clearance from his doctors on this trip?

This is the second time this season Leonard has travelled to NY.

"That's where he's doing his rehab", Popovich said.

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