Kawhi Leonard has only played nine games for the San Antonio Spurs in the 2017-18 season having missed most of the campaign with a right quadriceps injury with recurring tendinopathy. The last time he stepped on the court was January 13.
One of Leonard teammates, however, is unhappy with the amount of time which he is spending out of action, as Tony Parker, when speaking to Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News, took a shot at his teammate.
Parker said that his own quad injury was 'a hundred times worse' than what the small forward is going through. He had a similar problem when he ruptured his left quadriceps tendon last May, which forced him to miss San Antonio's first 19 games this season.
The point guard said: "I’ve been through it. It was a rehab for me for eight months. Same kind of injury (as Kawhi), but mine was a hundred times worse. But the same kind of injury. You just stay positive."
Parker also revealed he never considered getting a second opinion after he tore his quad, as he said: "I could have gone anywhere, but I trust my Spurs doctors. They have been with me my whole career. They know my body better than anybody…I feel like we have the best medical team in the world."
It's still unclear as to when or if Leonard will be returning to the court for the Spurs this season. Head coach Gregg Popovich has told reporters earlier this week that the team isn't setting a deadline for when they would shut Leonard down, but they're not speculating on his status for the playoffs without having returned during the regular season.
Reports have stated that the Spurs had a players-only meeting to discuss Leonard's situation this week as well. While a report by ESPN report has described the meeting as tense, this characterization has been denied by Spurs' Danny Green.
While the Spurs are now back in playoff contention after a couple of shaky games, they would still love to have Leonard back in the squad in time for the postseason in order to boost their hopes of progressing to the second round and beyond in the playoffs.
No two bodies recover the same from an injury, but it's now clear that some Spurs players are getting annoyed with Leonard's long recovery time from his injury.
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