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Kawhi Leonard's injury rehab causing strained relationship with Spurs

Kawhi Leonard's injury rehab causing strained relationship with Spurs

This report is surprising due to San Antonio's typically great relationships with star players, especially the Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Parker trio. "From Day 1 all parties have worked together to find the best solutions to his injury".

The San Antonio Spurs are the model for long-term success and stability in the National Basketball Association, with star players that are happy to stay.

The team announced Leonard would miss additional time to rehab his right quadriceps tendinopathy injury, which a person close to Leonard described as a "regrouping", not a setback.

Leonard is averaging 16.2 points and 4.7 rebounds in 23.3 minutes in his nine appearances this year after putting up career numbers (25.5 ppg) last season.

Kawhi Leonard's continued injury problems suggest all is not well in Camelot, er Texas.

"There is no issue between the Spurs organization and Kawhi". And it's been hard for our staff. Leonard has told the Spurs at different stages of the rehab process that he wasn't comfortable with his ability to play through the injury and the Spurs shut him down.

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Buford also called it "difficult for everyone", and said the rehab "has not been simple". Historically we've been able to successfully manage injuries.

Earlier this year, team president and head coach Gregg Popovich voiced his concern over the way Leonard's injury recovery was playing out in relation to Parker's.

"We sought outside expertise with the best tendon experts in the world". "It worked beautifully for Tony [Parker] but it hasn't worked the same for Kawhi". "What's really unusual is that Tony Parker has the same injury, but even worse", he told reporters. Recovering from the injury might end up being the easy part.

As far as shutting Leonard down now, Popovich told reporters that "we didn't feel he was ready". Early in the season, Leonard's quad injury anxious Popovich as the All-Star was having a hard time recovering, unlike veteran point guard Tony Parker, [VIDEO] who responded to the treatment and rehabilitation well.

San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard stands near the bench during a timeout in first half action against the Indiana Pacers Sunday Jan. 21, 2018 at the AT&T Center. "We're just going to keep doing what we do", head coach Gregg Popovich said before the Spurs game at Brooklyn on January 17. "His confidence level wasn't there, so we chose to give it some more time".


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