The Los Angeles Clippers sparingly played Kawhi Leonard throughout the entirety of the 2022-23 NBA regular season.
Their objective was clear: keep him healthy for the playoffs.
Unfortunately, after one great game against the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the NBA postseason, Leonard got hurt once again. This time he suffered a meniscus tear, rendering him unable to play for the rest of the Suns series.
The Clippers were promptly booted from the playoffs.
Last week, team president Lawrence Frank offered the latest health update on Leonard.
“We don’t know [if he will require surgery],” Frank said.
“With a torn meniscus, it’s how it impacts each player. It varies, and there’s a wide range of treatments. We’ll just continue to explore the possibilities and see what’s the best form of treatment. You don’t know a recovery time until you form what’s the best treatment.”
That said, Frank maintains that Leonard will be back and ready for action come the 2023-24 NBA season.
“Kawhi will be ready for next year,” Frank continued.
“The really encouraging thing is obviously the major injury is the ACL. The ACL is firmly intact, which is great. So this is a meniscus tear, and then over the whatever, next couple weeks, figure out what’s going to be the best source of treatment.”
To say that Leonard and Paul George have been disappointing together in L.A. would be an understatement. Over the last two seasons they have played in a grand total of 38 games together and won zero playoff outings.
At least the Warriors’ cheerleaders came to play. https://t.co/JUAyfCCoE4
— Game 7 (@game7__) May 10, 2023
More than the results of Leonard being in Los Angeles have been worth to the Clippers thus far.
Will Leonard ever actually be able to live up to the lofty expectations set for him when he first signed with the Clippers? Time will tell.