Popovich addresses Leonard's slow progress: 'It's just been more hard for him'

They were 6-4 headed into Tuesday night's game.

Here's more from the Express-News regarding Parker and Leonard. Three players are averaging double-digit scoring so far: LaMarcus Aldridge (22.4 ppg), reserve Rudy Gay (12.6 ppg) and Danny Green (10.4 ppg).

Leonard, the preseason favourite to win the MVP award, joined Spurs' training camp in the last week of September but hasn't been able to practice with the team. Which isn't what we're used to from the Spurs. Tony's at the point where he's been going five-on-five, that kind of thing.

"It's just been more hard for him to get through the rehab routine", Popovich said.

If and when Leonard returns, he'll have a hell of a time getting himself back into game shape and ready for San Antonio's playoff push toward the end of the season. He's not totally confident. But he's definitely going the right direction.

But having recovered from that ankle problem, he underwent surgery during the offseason to fix a ruptured left quadriceps tendon. Parker, who is recovering from offseason surgery to fix his left quadriceps tendon, is still a "few more weeks" away. "It's just been taking a little bit longer".

Popovich and the Spurs are not looking to rush the 26-year-old back into action and are instead willing to take a patient approach as they're more focused on having him return to full health and back playing his best basketball. "Anybody who has been out any length of time has to get that back even if the doctors say, 'Yep, you are ready to go.' You really aren't until you are mentally ready to go".

Given the almost 10-year difference between Leonard and Tony Parker, it's somewhat of a surprise that the recovery has been better for the latter.

The media has seen Parker working on his jump shot after Spurs workouts but there's been no sighting of Leonard.



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