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.”
Spurs Looking to Trade Pau Gasol
Gasol is only posting 4.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game this season for San Antonio, so it’s not clear how much value, if much, he would have on the trade market.
Spurs’ Dejounte Murray Not Returning this Season
Murray tore the ACL in his right knee during a preseason game against the Houston Rockets back on October 7th, and although he has been posting his progress on social media, is still far away from a return to the court.
Murray, 22, averaged 8.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game for the Spurs last season, earning All-NBA Defensive Second Team honors, becoming the youngest player in league history to earn the nomination.
Spurs Have ‘Significant Interest’ in Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis
Porzingis has not played this season as he continues to recover from a torn ACL, and could be in line for a max offer sheet of $122.1 million over four years when he reaches restricted free agency.
Porzingis averaged 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks over 48 games last season for the Knicks, prior to his injury.
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