"If LeBron decides "I want to be coached by a hall of famer". Leonard's decision to rehab in the Big Apple was approved by the Spurs' medical staff, Charania reports, but Popovich still seems at least a little bit salty about it, considering the blunt talk about "Kawhi and his group".
Leonard has played a mere nine games this season, and Sam Amick of USA Today noted the two-time Defensive Player of the Year was in NY rehabbing a quadriceps injury that figures to sideline him for the remainder of San Antonio's postseason.
Amick explained that it wasn't long ago Popovich and Aldridge needed a "clear-the-air meeting in the offseason that they say was crucial".
Casanova claimed she donated dozens of team t-shirts and other merchandise to charity, and simply ignored the team's playoff opener defeat against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland.
The thinking around the league was that Leonard would not be coming back this season, and on Monday we got word from Yahoo's Shams Charania that the two-time National Basketball Association defensive player of the year would indeed sit out the rest of the season as he continues his rehabilitation in NY.
The San Antonio Spurs are suffering through a rough couple of days. So we can't do anything until that happens.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was asked about the possibility of Leonard coming back to help the Spurs during their playoff push on Sunday, and his answer didn't exactly inspire hope at the prospect. "But that's the first thing that has to happen".
The Athletic's Anthony Slater posted video of Popovich's response on Twitter. Leonard has played in just nine games this year due to injury but had reportedly been set to return to the team back in February.
Despite Aldridge's impressive play and the realization the team still reached the postseason, the Leonard situation is hovering over the Spurs.