Kawhi Leonard fully cleared for training camp; Lawrence Frank says the Clippers will be ‘very cautious’

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Kawhi Leonard has been cleared to participate in training camp with the Los Angeles Clippers, but it looks like his load will be managed. Leonard missed the entire 2021-22 season after tearing his ACL in the 2021 playoffs, and Clippers president Lawrence Frank told reporters Thursday they will take a “very cautious” approach with him.

“He feels better,” Frank said. Via Om Youngmisuk of ESPN. “His plan, look, he wants to participate in everything. And organizationally, I think we’re going to be cautious. So it’s going to be a gradual approach.”

The Clippers begin three days of training camp at UNLV next Tuesday, then travel to Seattle for a pair of exhibition games. Frank did not say whether or not Leonard will play in the preseason.

From ESPN:

“When you’re dealing with a major injury, you can’t predict,” Frank said. “I know with him, he wants to do everything, but we’ll see how he feels every day. We’ve got a great medical team and we’re playing the long game with it. So we’re not. He’s going to get into predictions about what he will or won’t do.

“… We’ll find out, is it best for his body? One day it might be. The next day, we’ll have to reevaluate. We’ll trust the feedback we get from Kawhi, obviously from the medical team. It’s too early to predict. We have time before we get there. There is

“… We know what the big picture is. We know what our goal is, and we will be very cautious and take a systematic approach.”

If you’re looking for a more definitive quote than “He’s moving toward playing in an NBA basketball game,” you’re out of luck. Frank insisted several times that they would go day by day and be “proper” once Leonard returned. Because it’s all so vague, there’s an element of unpredictability whenever a player returns from a long-term injury. There are timelines, but they will change depending on how the players’ bodies respond to the ramp-up process.

The last time Leonard played in an NBA game, the Clippers were in the second round of the 2021 playoffs. That team won a championship, and the roster is now even better and deeper.

Paul George’s right elbow is “100 percent healthy,” Frank told reporters. George missed more than three months in 2021-22 with a torn UCL, but returned at the end of the regular season. Most important for the Clippers, however, is not how Leonard and George feel in training camp, but how they fare throughout the season. If both stars are at or near their peak come playoff time, their title chances are as good as anyone’s.

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