Nobody expects Kawhi Leonard to play in the NBA playoffs if he’s not healthy.
But for $19 million a year it’s not too much to ask for him to be on the bench to coach, counsel, encourage or simply hand a water bottle to his teammates.
But as the San Antonio Spurs were being hammered by the Golden State Warriors to open the playoffs, Leonard was in New York, about as far away as he could be without leaving the country.
The former two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year played in only nine games this season because of a quadricep injury. The Spurs’ medical staff has cleared Leonard to play, but according to coach Gregg Popovich “Kawhi and his people” have decided that he’s not ready.
Even veteran star Tony Parker said he himself returned from the same injury, but saying that his was 100 times worse than Leonard’s.
I don’t know if Leonard should be playing in these playoffs. What I do know is he has an obligation to be part of the team in any capacity that is helpful to the organization. He’s clearly not doing that. He needs to Tighten Up.
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For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Tighten Up.