Kawhi Leonard hasn’t played a single NBA game this season. Aside from the ankle injury that he sustained last season’s Western Conference Finals, he was also reported to have a quadriceps injury as well. Another Spurs player Tony Parker also had his quadriceps injured back during a game against the Rockets in last season’s Western Conference Semis. When asked about the impact of the quadriceps injuries sustained by two of Gregg Popovich’s key players, he said:
“Never, never. What’s really strange is that Tony Parker has the same injury, but even worse. They had to go operate on his quad tendon and put it back together or whatever they did to it. So to have two guys, that’s pretty incredible. I had never seen it before those guys.”
Parker spent some time with the Spurs’ G-League affiliate, and was expected to play for them in January. However, he moved up his timeline, setting up his return for as early as late November to early December. Meanwhile, Leonard came into training camp injured and hasn’t been able to practice with the team so far. The team is reluctant to offer a specific timeline for Leonard’s return because of the unpredictability involved with his rehab for both of his ankle and quadriceps’ injuries. However, Parker indicated that Leonard is progressing well on his rehab and he might be probable to play two to three weeks from now.
While the Spurs are playing fairly well, Popovich would want his key players to return sooner rather than later if they want to be atop of the Western Conference this season.