Reports Hint At Reasons Behind Kawhi Leonard's Feud With The Spurs

28 July, 2018, 04:11 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Popovich will, however, get a first-look at his new shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, with the newest San Antonio Spur expected to report to camp. Leonard possibly was going to use the event as a chance to showcase the status of his recovery. But Leonard never returned, electing to stay in NY to rehab his mysterious quadriceps injury instead of helping his team on the court or supporting them on the bench.

Still, Green said he wishes he would have obtained a second opinion on his injury after learning during an exit physical at the end of the season that he had been playing with a torn groin. "(It says) slight strain, take a couple weeks off.

Leonard appeared in only nine contests until San Antonio shelved him in January for "an indefinite period of time", which turned out to be the rest of the season. They've always been great to me. Reports began emerging of "discord" between the two-time National Basketball Association defensive player of the year and the Spurs, and while Popovich scoffed at talk of a rare "soap opera" involving his normally drama-free squad, it wasn't long before National Basketball Association insiders were claiming that some of Leonard's teammates were expressing frustration with him and imploring him to return to the lineup.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is the head coach of Team USA.

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"Discussions broke down abruptly because representatives for Leonard didn't feel that the new deal reflected the forward's accomplishments and standing within the league", sources told ESPN's Michael C. Wright and Ramona Shelburn.

Spurs doctors had cleared Leonard to return to play, but he sought second opinions and did not return, making his health a question mark following the trade.

"I don't think it was due to ill relationships or bad terms with people - regardless of the situation, it happened..." he said on his "Inside The Green Room" podcast.

"Nobody ever talks to Kawhi to know exactly what he's thinking or what's on his mind so the best way to monitor that or gauge it is by having him in your programme".


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