Spurs notebook: Leonard’s rehab slight has been ‘difficult,’ Popovich says – San Antonio Express

Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, vocalization to reporters during media day during a team’s use trickery on Sept. 25, competence only be a loyal NBA MVP in a super-team era. Photo: John Davenport /San Antonio Express-News / ©John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News

Spurs manager Gregg Popovich concurred Tuesday something many Spurs fans have already felt.
He approaching harmed All-Star brazen Kawhi Leonard to be serve along by now, too.

While 35-year-old indicate ensure Tony Parker has been manifest on a Spurs’ use court, personification 5-on-5 5 months after shredding his left quadriceps tendon, Leonard has nonetheless to attend in a use while recuperating from quadriceps tendinopathy.

“He’s only entrance along some-more slowly, for whatever reason,” Popovich pronounced before Leonard missed his 11th diversion Tuesday opposite a Los Angeles Clippers. “It’s only been some-more formidable for him to get by a rehab routine. His physique hasn’t reacted a same way.”

Internally, a Spurs are carefree to get Leonard – their streamer scorer and tip defender – on a justice before a finish of a month.

To get there, he will have to navigate a same step-by-step routine Parker is now following.
That partial will be adult to Leonard’s pain toleration level.

“I wouldn’t wish him to go right from rehab to jumping on a court,” Popovich said. “He has to go 3-on-3, 5-on-5, feel comfortable.”

Popovich pronounced convalescent certainty in his harmed right leg will be an critical step as well.

“Anybody who has been out any length of time has to get that back,” Popovich said. “Even if a doctors say, ‘Yep, we are prepared to go.’ You aren’t until we are mentally prepared to go.”

In a meantime, a competition between Parker and Leonard to get behind on a justice continues.

“Tony is during a indicate where he has been going 5-on-5 and that arrange of thing,” Popovich said. “He’s not totally confident. It will be a few some-more weeks. But he’s really going in a right direction, and so is Kawhi. It’s only holding a small longer.”

Ginobili earnings well-rested: Manu Ginobili was blissful to be behind on a building Tuesday after being hold out of Sunday’s win over Phoenix for rest purposes.

Unlike dual nights earlier, when Ginobili successfully lobbied Popovich to play on a second night of a back-to-back opposite Charlotte, a 40-year-old did not quarrel a dead list opposite a Suns.

“I wanted to play, though it wasn’t value a quarrel this time,” Ginobili said. “Sometimes, we got to collect your fights.”

Ginobili certified a rest did him good streamer into Tuesday’s game.

“I finished adult flattering tired,” Ginobili pronounced after totaling 46 mins opposite Golden State and Charlotte. “I played approach some-more than we approaching in a back-to-back. That’s because we suspicion we indispensable a rest a small some-more than a day before.”

White to skip a month: Derrick White’s harmed right wrist has been propitious with a expel that Spurs manager Gregg Popovich pronounced a rookie ensure will have to wear for “about 4 to 5 weeks.”

White suffered a mangle while holding a decrease in a initial half of an Austin Spurs diversion Saturday.

It was a Colorado alum’s initial diversion in a NBA G-League.

“I gathering and afterwards we fell,” White said. “I didn’t consider it was bad, so we kept playing. But an X-ray during halftime showed it was fractured.”

The Spurs’ first-round collect in a Jun draft, White pronounced he has never missed extended time due to an damage during his career.

“It’s tough,” White said. “But I’m only going to try to make a many out of it and work on some other things. It’s good we don’t have to have surgery. It could be a lot worse.”

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Staff author Tom Orsborn contributed to this report

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