Even Gregg Popovich has no idea as to when Kawhi Leonard will be ready
The San Antonio Spurs are yet to secure their playoff berth even after snapping the Houston Rockets' 11-game winning streak to improve to 45-32 in the season. While they are doing well during the last few games of the regular season, there's one puzzle that Gregg Popovich and the rest of the Spurs organization have yet to solve: the Kawhi Leonard situation.
To begin with, Kawhi Leonard has missed the season's first 27 games due to an injury that he sustained last season. He returned and played 9 games before walking away, again. Then, it was reported that he was medically cleared to return to action last March. It's already April and there's not even a shadow of Kawhi Leonard on the Spurs or anywhere on the venues of the Spurs' game. It's confusing, right? And what's more confusing is that the Spurs themselves have appeared to have less communication with Kawhi Leonard or his so-called group as indicated by none other than Coach Gregg Popovich.
What's the real score between the Spurs organization and Kawhi Leonard?
Why is there no timetable yet for his return?
Is the injury that severe?
Or is it something entirely else?
The questions continue to pour down as the Kawhi Leonard situation prolongs. According to Popovich, he doesn't know when Kawhi Leonard will be ready. The multi-titled coach also indicated that the group handling Kawhi Leonard has "stronger influence" on the former Finals MVP than the Spurs themselves. If this is true, then this will explain the denied rumor that the relationship between Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs organization has been strained. If you listen to Popovich's latest statement, then you'd understand that there's a rift and that the Spurs are only trying to cover it up. This will also make one question if Kawhi Leonard will be returning to basketball in a Spurs uniform.
As confusing as this Kawhi Leonard puzzle gets, the Spurs still have their playoff streak to worry about. Now, if Kawhi Leonard has already played his final game as a member of the Spurs, that shouldn't affect the Spurs because as you can see right now, they have won 8 of their last 10 games.