Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard Expected to Be Out With Torn ACL For Extended Period

Monday, September 27, 2021 3:49 PM | CBN

Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard Expected to Be Out With Torn ACL For Extended Period

Currently “no one knows” the time frame for Leonard’s return.

Lawrence Frank, the LA Clippers' president of basketball operations, recently recapped that Clippers star Kawhi Leonard has a "significant rehab" from his ACL injury, and that "no one knows" when he will return or whether he will even play this season.

It was on July 13th that Leonard had undergone surgery to repair a partial tear in is right ACL. Unfortunately, he is expected to be out of the game for quite a while.

"Oh, we don't even breach that," said Frank after being asked if he himself anticipates Leonard coming back this season. "I think at this point, it's just no one knows when you're dealing with a recovery from an ACL [injury], the time frame.

"Even just to save you guys [from asking] throughout the year, is no one knows. You just attack it day by day. He has a very detailed plan with a great group, and we'll just let his body and the doctors tell us when it's the right time."

Leonard’s knee injury had taken place on June 14 during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals vs the Utah Jazz, resulting in him missing the team’s final eight playoff games.

Frank also shared that Clippers center Serge Ibaka, who as been recovering from a June back surgery, will be participating in noncontact drills to begin training camp as he is still facing limitations.

Furthermore, rookie point guard Jason Preston injured his foot this week during a group workout session and will not be ready to begin training camp next week in San Diego. Frank commented that the severity of Preston’s injury will be determined in the next couple of days.

Frank also chose not to speak on the vaccinations statuses of Clippers players and staff members with camp set to commence on Tuesday.

"Personally, I'm a huge advocate of the vaccinations. I believe in the science and believe in the evidence as a personal viewpoint," said Frank. 

"But in regard to speaking on behalf of players or staff, I'm not comfortable sharing that type of information other than personally, what my beliefs are and what we spread and what we educate everyone in the organization. But ultimately, that's not my news to share."

For now, all we can do is wish all of the injured Clippers a speedy recovery.



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