Lawrence Frank reiterated that Kawhi Leonard has a “important rehab” from his ACL damage and that “nobody is aware of” the timeframe for when the LA Clippers star will return and whether or not he’ll play this season.
Leonard underwent surgical procedure to restore a partial tear in his proper ACL on July 13 and is predicted to be out for an prolonged time period.
“Oh, we do not even breach that,” Frank, the workforce’s president of basketball operations, stated when requested if he anticipates Leonard enjoying this season. “I feel at this level, it is simply nobody is aware of once you’re coping with a restoration from an ACL [injury], the timeframe.
“Even simply to save lots of you guys [from asking] all year long, is nobody is aware of. You simply assault it day-to-day, he has a really detailed plan with an amazing group and we’ll simply let his physique and the medical doctors inform us when it is the correct time.”
Leonard injured his knee in the course of the fourth quarter of Recreation 4 of the Western Convention semifinals in opposition to the Utah Jazz on June 14. He missed Los Angeles’ remaining eight playoff video games with what the workforce known as a sprained proper knee.
Middle Serge Ibaka, who’s making his method again from again surgical procedure in June in the course of the playoffs, will likely be restricted and take part in noncontact drills to start out coaching camp, in line with Frank.
Rookie level guard Jason Preston, the thirty third total decide within the 2021 draft, injured his foot in a gaggle exercise this week and won’t be accessible to start out coaching camp subsequent week in San Diego. Frank stated the severity of the rookie’s damage will likely be decided within the subsequent couple of days.
Frank additionally wouldn’t talk about whether or not Clippers gamers and workers members are totally vaccinated as camp is ready to start on Tuesday.
“Personally, I am an enormous advocate of the vaccinations, I consider within the science and consider within the proof as a private viewpoint,” Frank stated. “However in regard to talking on behalf of gamers or workers, I am not comfy sharing that sort of knowledge apart from personally, what my beliefs are, and what we unfold and what we educate everybody within the group. However finally, that is not my information to share.”