Kawhi Leonard was back in uniform Wednesday – albeit just for the Spurs team photo. "Yeah, it was very brief," Manu Ginobili said. "But good to see him around." Leonard has played in just nine games this season due to right quadriceps tendinopathy. Leonard's last game was Jan. 13. Since then, there have been a few instances where he seemed poised to return, including media reports last week that said he was targeting a return against New Orleans on March 15. But it turned out to be a false start, and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Leonard still had not received the green light to get back on the court from his own doctors. After the team photo at the AT&T Center, Ginobili stressed that Leonard's teammates will continue to operate as if he won't return – a stance they have held firm to for about a month. "He is not coming back," Ginobili said. "For me, he's not coming back because (thinking he is) is not helping. We fell for it a week ago – again. I guess you guys (media) made us fall for it. But we have to think that he's not coming back. That we are who we are, and that we got to fight without him. That shouldn't be changing, at least until he is he is ready for the jumble." Ginobili said he understands how tough it has been on Leonard to be a bystander while the Spurs fight for their playoff lives.
Ginobili stresses Spurs can't be fooled again into thinking Leonard will return
San Antonio Express-News | Mar 21