Gregg Popovich indicates confusion, disconnect between Kawhi Leonard's 'group' and the Spurs

Gregg Popovich indicates confusion, disconnect between Kawhi Leonard's 'group' and the Spurs

San Antonio Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard has returned to NY to rehabilitate a lingering right quad injury, according to a report from ESPN.

"It's the same as a player who is the 13th man sitting on the end of the bench", Popovich said.

Leonard arrived in NY on Monday and has been working out at the gymnasium inside the headquarters of the NBA Players Association.

Leonard has worked out at the NBA Players Association facility in Manhattan during both of his stays in NY. He returned to San Antonio in the last week of February and appeared to be inching closer to a return to the court.

Leonard's use of outside doctors reportedly irritated the Spurs and has prompted speculation regarding Leonard's long-term future with the club.

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"There were 6,000 people there, but I knew he was (referring to) me, and I started crying and said 'God, forgive me, I need a new life.'" Zambrano said he feels fulfilled and hopes to continue preaching the word.

Leonard missed the first 27 games of the season with the quad injury, returned for nine games, and was then listed as out indefinitely to further rehab his injury. "If I knew, he'd be here. So when he and his group feel he's ready, then he'll be ready". Of course, that's the objective, to get well. He returned briefly but hasn't played since complaining of soreness in his injured thigh following a January 13 home win against Denver.

After briefly being out of the playoff race, San Antonio is now the fourth spot (44-32) in the Western Conference following the winning streak. He is averaging 16.2 points and 4.7 rebounds. Dealing him to the Lakers would also be "doing right" by the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year as San Antonio grants him his wish of playing for his hometown club, Early said.

The announcement comes after a reported player's only meeting to address Leonard's injury.