‘No One Knows’: LA Clippers President Reveals That They Are Still Unaware of Kawhi Leonard’s Potential Return

Published 09/25/2021, 8:09 AM EDT
Jun 8, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the hoop against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the fourth quarter during game one in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters


Most of the teams are all geared up and rearing to go this season. However, the Los Angeles Clippers still have a gaping hole in their roster. Kawhi Leonard is likely to stay out for most of the season or could even miss the entire season because of his ACL injury.

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The Clippers were on their way to redeem themselves in the postseason last year. Kawhi was leading the LA team in their pursuit of winning the championship. However, things went downhill for the ‘Klaw’ in the series against Utah. He suffered a partial ACL tear and has been out ever since.

Jun 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts during the second half in game seven of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kawhi Leonard went through surgery soon after the incident. Since then all fans can do is hope that Leonard makes a comeback at some point in the upcoming season. They have their eyes glued on any news, but it seems no one has any idea.

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After a scare in the post-season, Leonard gave the organization some relief when he decided to re-sign with the Clippers. But even though that might be the case, they may have to go through most of the season without the services of the ‘Klaw’. Clippers’ president of basketball operations spoke about how unaware the organization is regarding his return.

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He said: “I think at this point, it’s just no one knows when you’re dealing with a recovery from an ACL [injury], the timeframe. Even just to save you guys [from asking] throughout the year, is no one knows. You just attack it day by day. He has a very detailed plan with a great group and we’ll just let his body and the doctors tell us when it’s the right time.”

Jun 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Luke Kennard (5) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) react against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half in game seven of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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With the ACL injury that Kawhi has, it may take him around six months to get back into game shape. Before that, it will be extremely difficult for him to do so. Moreover, with Kawhi’s injury history, he will have to take all necessary steps to make sure he recovers completely.

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So how will the Clippers do without Kawhi Leonard? They do have a reliable roster on their hands. Moreover, Paul George took a big step up as a leader last year after Leonard went down. If they make it to the playoffs this season without Leonard, it will be a win for the organization.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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