Even though members of the Spurs staff accompanied him to the Big Apple, it's clear that Leonard and the team have been at odds over his inability to return to the court while San Antonio is engaged in a tight battle to make it into the playoffs. He returned briefly but hasn't played since complaining of soreness in his injured thigh following a January 13 home win against Denver.
The 26-year-old has been battling a quad injury that caused him to miss significant time at the beginning of the season and continues to keep him out after struggling through a brief return. The first time came ahead of the February All-Star break, where he spent three weeks nursing his quad injury.
Is there a possibility Leonard could get clearance from his doctors on this trip? Wojnarowski reported that Leonard planned to play in San Antonio's game on March 15, but that plan was aborted.
Meanwhile, San Antonio (44-32) moved up to fourth in the West after winning seven of their last nine games.
"I've been through it", Parker said recently.
Added up, the playoffs are about to commence and San Antonio has no clue whether it will have the services of the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
"He is not coming back", Ginobili said. Same kind of injury, but mine was 100 times worse.
Leonard is still hoping to return to the Spurs during the regular season, although they only have five games remaining following Sunday's matchup. "You just try to stay positive". Wojnarowski said there's no timetable for Leonard's return.
The Spurs take on the Houston Rockets on Sunday. "When he and his group feel he's ready, then he'll be ready".