CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had a clear up process on his proper knee in early June and is anticipated to be prepared for the beginning of Los Angeles Clippers’ coaching camp in late September.
The five-time All-Star, who turns 32 subsequent week, had a meniscus tear in his knee, though his surgically repaired ACL was intact.
Leonard had the process round June 6, Lawrence Frank, president of basketball operations, mentioned Thursday evening after the conclusion of the NBA draft.
“He feels nice,” Frank mentioned. “It’s an eight-week restoration from surgical procedure to whenever you’re on the court docket enjoying in a recreation.”
Frank mentioned Leonard is “100%” going to be prepared for coaching camp.
Leonard performed in Video games 1 and a pair of of the Clippers’ first-round playoff sequence towards the Phoenix Suns, however missed the following three video games due to the knee harm. The Suns beat the Clippers in 5 video games.
The crew had mentioned Leonard sustained a proper knee sprain after the primary two playoff video games, however didn’t present additional particulars on the time. He had a MRI after the second recreation, which confirmed the tear.
Leonard missed the entire earlier season whereas recovering from the ACL tear.
The 2-time NBA Finals MVP averaged 34.5 factors, 6.5 rebounds and 6 assists within the first two video games towards the Suns.