LaMarcus Aldridge will not talk about Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard’s concluded end of the season hasn’t done much to stop the imminent questions of his distance from the organization, reportedly in New York rehabbing his injury instead of with the San Antonio Spurs during this important playoff stretch.
Asked about his fellow star teammate, big man LaMarcus Aldridge didn’t have many words to say about him.
“I have no comment,” Aldridge said of the Leonard situation, according to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports. “He has to do what’s best for him. That’s it. Nice to see you.”
Head coach Gregg Popovich, as well as his locker room, seem to have grown tired of the drama surrounding the team — especially for a player that isn’t on the court or with the team.
Veterans like Manu Ginobili didn’t even expect Leonard to come back at all this season, especially after holding a players-only meeting with him toward the end of the season, hoping to gain some clarity on his situation.
Rumors of a rift between Leonard and the team have run rampant and now more than ever considering Popovich’s choice of words when referring to him “and his group” making decisions on his return, reportedly already cleared for all activities by team doctors.
The Spurs face a tall task now, down 0-2 to the reigning champion Golden State Warriors, who have gained plenty of steam after a faulty finish to the regular season.
Both teams are missing their key star player, but the Spurs have been unable to figure out the puzzle on the road — thinking about Leonard won’t help that at all and Aldridge knows that better than anyone after a 15-point losing effort in Game 2.