Gregg Popovich indicates confusion, disconnect between Kawhi Leonard's 'group' and the Spurs

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Spurs All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard returned to NY last Monday to continue rehabbing his lingering quad injury, coach Gregg Popovich told reporters before Sunday afternoon's home game against Houston.

The latest one from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN revealed the 26-year-old returned to NY to continue his rehab. Kawhi Leonard returning this season seems like a pipe dream at this point - and it's pretty safe to assume that the Spurs will be without their best player for the postseason. He spent an extended period in NY prior to the February All-Star break.

Leonard showed up for a team picture on March 17 and the other San Antonio players held an impromptu meeting with him.

San Antonio are 8-2 in their last 10 games after beating the Houston Rockets 100-83 to move to 45-32 for the season, good for fourth in the Western Conference - a half-game ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"I've been through it", Parker told reporters.

"He is not coming back", Ginobili said.

Leonard, 26, is a two-time All-NBA Defensive Player of the Year, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and MVP of the 2014 NBA Finals. Leonard is still hoping to return to the Spurs during the regular season as they contend for home-court advantage in the West. "You just try to stay positive".

Also, veteran point guard Tony Parker, who returned from a more severe quadriceps injury suffered in last season's playoffs, also has made critical remarks. Leonard informed the Spurs on January 17 that he needed to take time away to focus on rehabilitation.

"That's where he's doing his rehab", Popovich said.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was asked whether the team is making an effort to keep Leonard engaged and feel as if he's a part of the team. "When he and his group feel he's ready, he'll be ready", Pop said, via the Associated Press.