This has been difficult for everyone, Buford told ESPN. It’s been difficult for Kawhi. He’s an elite-level player. It’s been difficult for the team, because they want to play with a great teammate. And it’s been difficult for our staff. Historically we’ve been able to successfully manage injuries. This rehab hasn’t been simple, and it hasn’t gone in a linear fashion.
Last week the Spurs sent him back to San Antonio to continue his rehabilitation process. Leonard has told the Spurs at different stages of the process that he wasn’t comfortable with his ability to play through the injury and that the Spurs shut him down.
We sought outside expertise with the best tendon experts in the world, Buford said. It worked beautifully for Tony [Parker], but it hasn’t worked the same for Kawhi.
The 15th overall pick in the 2011 draft, Leonard has developed into one of the most dominant players in the league, becoming a two-time first-team All-NBA player, a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and the 2014 NBA Finals MVP in the Spurs’ victory over the Miami Heat.
Absolutely not, he said. He works his tail off. You obviously know the talent he has. He’s playing big-time ball. It’s no surprise to me [with] the way he works, the way he practices, the way he plays. He’s not scared. He’s never afraid of anything. He’ll stand there. He’ll take hits. He’ll scramble. He’ll make plays with his feet. He’s a big-time player.
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It’s going to take a while to sort through everything that happened in the Patriots’ 27-24 victory over the Steelers. Things that are important — injuries to critical players, the Patriots’ struggles on third down, the Steelers’ inability to close out a game in which they held the ball for 10 minutes longer than the Patriots — will get short shrift, engulfed by so many improbable plays in a row they came to feel routine.
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Change is coming to the New England Patriots after this season, and that’s even if the pillars of their dynasty 鈥?quarterback Tom Brady, Coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft 鈥?remain together as promised.
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