San Antonio Spurs fans can finally breathe as their superstar, Kawhi Leonard, is almost set to return from his quad injury. From the start of the season, I was hoping that he wouldn’t be out for too long but with the Spurs keeping tight-lipped regarding his progress it has been difficult to figure out when he would return. With their head coach, Gregg Popovich, finally coming out to say that Kawhi is close to returning, that is a very good sign that there has been significant improvements in his rehab. According to Popovich, Kawhi “is starting to feel in a little bit better shape and feeling more confident.” Of course, Kawhi will have to convince Popovich that he his ready to return before the coach puts his most valuable asset back onto the court.
This is surely great news. From what I’m hearing, Kawhi Leonard should most definitely be back before Christmas. So if you have him in fantasy leagues, now is the time to start considering who you will eventually need to drop to add him back onto your bench from the injured reserved list. Fantasy sports won’t be the only thing heating up as the western conference will become a lot more interesting as contending teams brace for his return.
The Spurs have somehow maintained third place in the western conference with Kawhi out since the start of the season. With no big name player in their lineup in a star-dependent league, it is amazing to still see that TEAMS when games. Not just placing three great players on a team and expect them to be an instant contender. As the great King James once said, “Rome wasn’t built in one day.” Popovich has built this Spurs dynasty from the ground up and he has gotten it all figured out. No matter who is in the lineup, he finds a way to win. If Popovich has been able to sustain such a great record with this team so far, imagine how good they are going to be once Kawhi comes back. And with all this talk about the Rockets and Warriors, we need to start talking about adding the Spurs to this conversation.
Yep, get your popcorn ready.