Kawhi Leonard Could Return from Leg Injury in November, Says Gregg Popovich

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 2017

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) talks with head coach Gregg Popovich during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Saturday, March 12, 2016, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 93-85. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
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Gregg Popovich said on Wednesday it was possible that San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard could return from his leg injury in early November. 

"Sure, anything is possible," Popovich told reporters, per Tom Orsborn of MySanAntonio.com. "But I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about when somebody is going to come back. Because they are going to come back when they are ready, when the docs say they are ready. So when that happens, that happens."

Leonard hasn't appeared on the court yet this season as he recovers from right quadriceps tendinopathy.

As Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer noted, Leonard has a history of quad issues, dealing with injuries to his right quad in March 2016 and Feb. 2017 and his left quad in 2012.

His 2016-17 season also ended due to injury after he suffered an ankle injury in Game 1 of the Western Conference, landing on Zaza Pachulia's foot after attempting a jump shot. He missed the rest of the series and the Warriors swept the Spurs.

Leonard's value to the Spurs can't be overstated. He was a finalist for last year's NBA MVP award after averaging 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. He was once again a defensive dynamo, though he didn't win his third straight Defensive Player of the Year award after losing out to Draymond Green.

Nonetheless, the Spurs have continued their winning ways without Leonard, going 3-0 in his absence. But if the team is to make any sort of run at the Warriors this season, they'll do so behind their superstar forward.