It is against that backdrop that Popovich stood in front of reporters assembled at the team’s practice facility earlier this week and dropped a bombshell. He would be “surprised” if Kawhi Leonard plays again this season.
The 26-year-old Leonard spent the 10-day All-Star break in the New York area, seeking advice from a specialist and undergoing additional rehab.
He has been medically cleared by the Spurs, but is opting to remain out until he believes he can better manage the effects of his condition. Leonard has sought a second opinion from his own doctors. There is more at stake than the Spurs’ NBA-record run of 20 consecutive playoff appearances.
Leonard’s future with the Spurs could be in play. In turn, so too could the Spurs’ two-decade reign as one of the NBA’s premier teams. San Antonio Express-News