Lawrence Frank, Clippers president of operations, reiterated that Kawhi Leonard is undergoing “significant rehabilitation” from his ACL injury and that “no one knows” the length of time the LA Clippers star will return and if he will play. this season.
Leonard underwent surgery to repair a partial tear in his right anterior cruciate ligament on July 13 and is expected to be out for an extended period.
“Oh, we didn’t even talk about it,” said Frank, the team’s president of basketball operations, when asked if he anticipates Leonard playing this season. “I think at this point, no one knows when he will be recovering from his injury.”
“Even to prevent you [pregunten] throughout the year, nobody knows. He just takes it day by day, he has a very detailed plan with a large group and we will let his body and the doctors tell us when the time is right. “
Leonard injured his knee during the last quarter of Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Utah Jazz on June 14. He missed the last eight Los Angeles playoff games with what the team called a right knee sprain.
Center Serge Ibaka, who will return from back surgery in June, will be limited and participate in non-contact drills to start training camp, according to Frank.
Rookie point guard Jason Preston, the 33rd overall pick in the 2021 draft, injured his foot in group training this week and will not be available to start training camp next week in San Diego. Frank said the severity of the rookie’s injury will be determined in the next few days.
The manager also did not want to discuss whether Clippers players and staff are fully vaccinated, as camp will begin Tuesday.
“Personally, I’m a huge vaccine advocate, I believe in science, and I believe in evidence as a personal point of view,” Frank said. “But when it comes to speaking on behalf of the players or the staff, I don’t feel comfortable sharing that kind of information other than personally, what are my beliefs, what do we spread and what do we educate everyone in the organization. But, in Ultimately, that’s not a topic to share. “