San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich has seen a lot over his storied, Hall of Fame worthy career, but Kawhi Leonard’s quad injury isn’t something he has seen before.
“Never, never,” Popovich said about the nagging injury that has kept Leonard out of action this entire season.
“What’s really strange is that [point guard] Tony [Parker] has the same injury, but even worse. They had to go operate on his quad tendon and put it back together or whatever they did to it. So to have two guys, that’s pretty incredible. I had never seen it before those guys.”
However, Popovich said he thinks Tony Parker will be back “very soon”. Parker suffered a ruptured left quadriceps tendon last season during the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets.
“For real, sooner than later. And I’m serious. I’m being honest” Popovich explained.
Popovich has replied “sooner rather than later” when discussing Leonard’s potential return.
“I keep saying sooner rather than later,” Popovich said with a smile. “It’s kind of like being a politician. It’s all baloney, doesn’t mean anything.”
During Leonard’s absence, forward Kyle Anderson has stepped up.
“We’re not surprised at all” Popovich said of Anderson’s performance. “He’s just had a hard time getting minutes with Kawhi at that spot. He’s always been a good basketball player. I just haven’t given him the minutes that he’s gotten this year. When Kawhi does come back, I’ve got some figuring out to do, because he should still be on the court somehow or other. He’s really taken advantage of the time, for sure.”