As it currently stands, the San Antonio Spurs are 42-30 and sitting at the 6th seed in the Western Conference. They are 1.5 games away from being the 9th seed and missing the playoffs altogether.
Kawhi Leonard, who finished 3rd in MVP voting last season, has played a grand total of 9 games this season and after being cleared to play at various points throughout the year, still continues to sit out and watch his team battle in the West.
It is now being reported that the players confronted Kawhi this weekend and demanded to know when he was coming back to play. It was awkward.
The San Antonio Spurs held a players-only meeting to implore All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard to return to the lineup and help the team in its push for the playoffs, league sources told ESPN.
Spurs guard Tony Parker, a four-time NBA champion, quarterbacked the meeting after the team’s victory over Minnesota on Saturday night.
The conversation was described as tense and emotional at times. Several teammates spoke up, expressing frustration and confusion over a growing divide that has created significant tension between Leonard and the Spurs.
Leonard was resolute in his response, insisting that he had good reason for sitting out all but nine games with a right quadriceps injury this season.
What the fuck is going on with Kawhi Leonard?
Kawhi clearly has zero plans on playing basketball this season. He has one more season with the San Antonio Spurs next year and it would appear as though he is planning on coming back 110% healthy for the 2018-19 season that way he can scoop up an NBA trophy before hitting free agency and making all of the money he can.
If you’re a Los Angeles Lakers fan then all of this drama is huge news for you. LeBron James is 1000% not coming this season which means the Lakers have one more year of watching Lonzo and Brandon Ingram dribble the ball off of their own feet until the summer of 2019 rolls around and Kawi Leonard, born and raised in Los Angeles, comes available and is ready to come home.
Shout out to Tony Parker though for standing on a bench, pointing at Kawhi’s face and shouting ‘WHEN ARE YOU PLAYING? WE NEED YOU’, while Kawhi shrugs and goes back to listening to Linkin Park and cropping his plants on Farmville.