Kawhi Leonard RUMORS & NEWS

  • Warriors' Zaza Pachulia on Kawhi Leonard injury: 'I wish it didn't happen'

    USA Today "A week after the Golden State Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia became public enemy No. 1 to so many San Antonio Spurs fans, his view hadn’t changed about the controversial play that might have ended Kawhi Leonard’s season in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Pachulia, whose family dealt with..." May 22

  • Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: Kawhi Leonard likely out for Game 4

    ESPN "On the brink of elimination, the San Antonio Spurs will likely have to play Game 4 of the Western Conference finals without MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard, coach Gregg Popovich said. Popovich told reporters that Leonard is "likely out" Monday with his injured left ankle suffered in the series..." May 21

  • Spurs’ Danny Green has interesting take on decision to sit Kawhi Leonard

    Sportsnaut "The San Antonio Spurs are up against it. Down 2-0 in their Western Conference Finals series against the Golden State Warriors, the Spurs will be without MVP finalist Kawhi Leonard for a second consecutive game. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich made the announcement Saturday morning, mere hours..." May 20

  • Gregg Popovich: Kawhi Leonard ‘not thrilled’ about being held out of Game 3

    Yardbarker "The San Antonio Spurs will once again be without MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard in the Western Conference Finals and Gregg Popovich says his star is not happy about it. Pop made the decision to hold Leonard out of the game as a precaution because of the forward’s ankle, which was injured in Game..." May 20

  • Kawhi Leonard Ruled out for Game 3 vs. Warriors After Ankle Injury

    Bleacher Report "Kawhi Leonard will miss Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night as he continues to deal with a sprained ankle, the team announced Saturday. Leonard suffered a sprained ankle in Game 5 of the Spurs' second-round series against the Houston..." May 20

  • James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook vie for MVP

    ESPN "The NBA Most Valuable Player award will come down to Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard. LeBron James -- will not be in the mix. James was left out of the running Friday night when the NBA announced three finalists for each of its six major awards. It's the first time since..." May 20

  • Kawhi Leonard: “If I feel good, I’m going to play.”

    San Antonio Express-News "Kawhi Leonard, who has a sprained left ankle, is officially listed as questionable for Game 3 of the Spurs’ Western Conference Finals series against Golden State on Saturday. Leonard spoke to the media for nearly four minutes at Friday’s practice, and said he will ultimately decide whether or..." May 19

  • Kawhi Leonard still questionable for Game 3 of Spurs-Warriors

    ESPN "The availability of Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard remained in question Thursday for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals as the team took part in its first practice in preparation for Saturday's matchup against the Golden State Warriors. Leonard did not participate in Thursday's workout,..." May 19

  • Kawhi Leonard suffered no structural damage with ankle injury

    Larry Brown Sports "The San Antonio Spurs have listed Kawhi Leonard as doubtful for Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, but an MRI on Monday revealed some positive news. According to ESPN’s Michael C. Wright, Leonard suffered no structural damage in his ankle when he landed awkwardly during Game 1. While..." May 16

  • Iman Shumpert says Zaza Pachulia's play is 'part of the game,' believes offense has enough advantages

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "In the aftermath of Kawhi Leonard's ankle injury, one that helped the Golden State Warriors rally from a 25-point deficit in the second half to steal Game 1 against the San Antonio Spurs and led to subsequent chatter about the league's role in protecting players, Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Iman..." May 16

  • Kawhi Leonard Out for Game 2 vs. Warriors with Ankle Injury

    Bleacher Report "Any chance the San Antonio Spurs have at beating the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals rests largely on Kawhi Leonard's availability. On Monday, head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters his star player would likely be unavailable for Game 2 due to an ankle injury. Popovich..." May 15

  • Kawhi: I don't think Zaza meant to injure me

    ESPN "San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard reinjured his left ankle Sunday during the second half of the Spurs' 113-111 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. He is expected to undergo an MRI. "I don't know. The game just ended," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich..." May 15

  • Kawhi Leonard reinjures left ankle, out for remainder of Game 1

    CBS Sports "Kawhi Leonard missed the Spurs' last game -- Game 6 against the Houston Rockets during the second round -- due to a sprained left ankle, but he was back in the lineup Sunday afternoon against the Warriors. Unfortunately, Leonard has once again tweaked that ankle. In fact, he did it twice in..." May 14

  • Popovich: Leonard will play Game 1 vs. Warriors

    Bleacher Report "After missing the San Antonio Spurs' series-clinching Game 6 win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday because of an ankle injury, superstar forward Kawhi Leonard will play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors. According to Jabari Young of the San..." May 13

  • Spurs star Kawhi Leonard will return for Game 1 of Western Conference finals

    NBA.com "Spurs MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard will play Sunday against the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, ESPN reported late Thursday. Leonard missed Thursday's series-clinching rout of the Rockets with a sprained ankle. ESPN reported that Leonard could have played if necessary, but..." May 12

  • The Spurs Will Be Without Kawhi Leonard For Game 6 Against The Rockets

    Uproxx "Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals between San Antonio and Houston will only feature one MVP candidate, as Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will watch his team try to win the series from the sideline. Leonard suffered an ankle injury in Game 5 that will keep him out of the game, according to..." May 11

  • Report: Suns Passed on Kawhi Leonard in Draft Partially Because of Nervous Interview

    SLAM Online "The Phoenix Suns probably regret this one. The Arizona Republic reports the story of how Phoenix passed on Kawhi Leonard with the 13th pick in the 2011 Draft because of questions about his shot and nervousness during his pre-draft interview. The Suns, of course, selected Markieff Morris, who..." May 11

  • Kawhi Leonard, who vowed to play Game 6, is a game-time decision

    CBS Sports "Kawhi Leonard will be a game-time decision Thursday for Game 6 of the Spurs-Rockets series, coach Gregg Popovich said Thursday morning. Leonard sprained his left ankle late in Game 5 and did not play in the overtime period of the Spurs win that gave them a 3-2 series advantage. He declared..." May 11

  • Spurs' Kawhi Leonard officially listed as questionable for Game 6

    ESPN "The San Antonio Spurs are officially listing Kawhi Leonard as questionable for Game 6 against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night. Leonard sat out much of the fourth quarter of Game 5 on Tuesday and didn't take the court for overtime of his team's 110-107 win. He suffered a left ankle..." May 10

  • Kawhi Leonard says he'll play for San Antonio Spurs in Game 6

    NBA.com "Despite a left ankle injury that forced him to sit out a portion of the fourth quarter and all of overtime in the Spurs’ 110-107 win Tuesday night, forward Kawhi Leonard vowed to play in Game 6 at Houston on Thursday. “Yeah, I'm going to be able to play,” Leonard said. “It was frustrating..." May 10

  • Gregg Popovich calls Spurs' Kawhi Leonard 'best player in the league right now'

    CBS Sports "After the San Antonio Spurs eliminated the Memphis Grizzlies from the playoffs with a 103-96 victory in Game 6 of their first-round series on Thursday, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had high praise for his franchise player. In the course of explaining how San Antonio edged Memphis, Popovich directly..." April 28

  • David Fizdale: Taking suggestions on how to guard Kawhi Leonard

    ESPN "Grizzlies coach David Fizdale was quite candid about San Antonio Spurs guard Kawhi Leonard's electric performance in Memphis' 110-108 overtime victory in Game 4 on Saturday. "Honestly, I'm taking suggestions on how to guard Kawhi Leonard," Fizdale said during his postgame news conference. "I've..." April 23

  • Popovich: Spurs were 'scared to death' prior to trading Hill for Leonard

    Bleacher Report "Kawhi Leonard made a joke once. The San Antonio Spurs’ do-everything virtuoso forward reluctantly held court before a media throng at February’s All-Star Weekend. A reporter asked what he looked forward to most while in New Orleans. “Mardi Gras, of course,” he responded with a hearty guffaw. He..." April 05

  • Kawhi Leonard asks Spurs coaches not to rest him

    San Antonio Express-News "It’s a scenario as predictable as a sunrise. As the NBA season begins to wind toward its conclusion, and the Spurs have an acceptable playoff seeding all but locked up, Gregg Popovich will begin to rest key players for the grind to come. That process appears to have begun in earnest on Sunday,..." April 03

  • Spurs Are Kawhi Leonard’s Team Now, and the Excellence Continues

    New York Times "Mike Budenholzer was there at the beginning. It was June 2011, and the San Antonio Spurs had decided to gamble on potential and promise at the N.B.A. draft. Kawhi Leonard was no sure thing back then. In two seasons at San Diego State, he had not proven himself to be a terrific outside shooter...." March 16

  • USA TODAY Sports survey: NBA executives split on 4-person MVP race

    USA Today "Rest easy, NBA media folks. We aren’t the only ones who can’t seem to agree on this MVP race. The front office experts – guys who build rosters, run teams and scout talent for a living – are just as split as those of us who will ultimately decide the winner. One night it’s Russell..." March 14

  • Spurs' Leonard placed in concussion protocol

    CSN Bay Area "Spurs All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard will not be on the court Saturday vs. the Warriors, the team announced Friday. Leonard is currently in the NBA's concussion protocol. He left Thursday night's game against the Thunder early after being hit in the head. Through 58 games this season,..." March 10

  • Pau says Kawhi Leonard is MVP: 'Not the guy that just puts up 30 points and that's it'

    San Antonio Express-News "Manu Ginobili began playing professional basketball professionally when he was 15 years old. That was 24 years ago. In that time, the Spurs guard played countless games internationally, plus 1,174 games in the NBA including playoffs. Never before has he witnessed a 6.5 seconds quite like..." March 08

  • Drug screening can't wait after Kawhi Leonard boosts MVP bid

    ESPN "Kawhi Leonard took center stage in a thrilling win for the Spurs over the Houston Rockets on Monday night. His time at the podium was made to wait, however, as he was issued a random drug test immediately after the game. Enter Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "Kawhi wanted it badly," Popovich..." March 07

  • Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker, San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard named Players of the Week

    NBA.com "The Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker and the San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 5. Walker averaged 27.7 points (third in the East), 6.3 assists (tied for..." March 06

  • Kawhi Leonard Is Quietly Building His Case For NBA MVP

    SI "The 2017 MVP race has been one of the more exciting in recent memory, if only because for the first time in a few years, the winner isn’t extremely obvious halfway through the season. James Harden would probably win if voters chose today, though Russell Westbrook (averaging a triple-double) and..." February 01