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Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard looks crazy in newly released images

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August is the peak of the NBA’s offseason, but the LA Clippers are hoping to keep their fans going. Kawhi Leonard isn’t on social media and is rarely seen in public, so images of the Clippers star always get fans excited.

On Monday, the Clippers posted a series of photos of Leonard and Reggie Jackson to their Instagram page, along with a video of Leonard walking. In the video, Kawhi Leonard looked particularly excitedTo say the least.

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In addition to the clip, Kawhi Leonard was seen working out with other Clippers teammates in the UC Santa Barbara campus gym. Paul George, Terance Mann, Ivica Zubac, Reggie Jackson, John Wall, Amir Coffey and Jason Preston could all be seen training with Leonard on Saturday.

Kawhi Leonard has been actively training and preparing for the 2022-23 NBA regular season. His return to the basketball court is expected early in the season, but his status will likely be monitored and updated throughout training camp.

The only sure thing is that the Clippers will want to gently bring Leonard back and rest their star throughout the season, ensuring his health is the number one priority.

Leonard last played on an NBA court on June 14, 2021, in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Leonard suffered a torn left ACL and underwent surgery to repair the ACL on July 13, almost a month later.

There was slight optimism that Kawhi Leonard would return at some point in the 2021-22 season, but the Clippers were eliminated in the qualifying tournament and the two-time NBA Finals MVP never had a chance.

After the NBA draft on June 23, Clippers president Lawrence Frank said Kawhi Leonard had made significant progress in his recovery from ACL surgery, but was not yet playing five-on-five basketball. .

“Yeah, he’s still doing well,” said Laurent Frank. β€œHe is manic in his work ethic. It’s fun to see. I’m glad we can pay the light bill because he puts in the hours. But yeah, he’s doing really well and he’s still improving, and it’s great to see him on the pitch.

“I think he’s on the right track where he’s developing really well. But like five against five, that’s not something I think he’s doing at this point.

Once Leonard returns, the plan is to be extremely careful with him and Paul George. The Clippers have significant depth in this squad, and that’s something head coach Tyronn Lue plans to use to make sure everyone stays as healthy and fresh as possible heading into the final stages. of the season.

The NBA regular season schedule is expected to be released in mid-August, which will give the Clippers time to create a plan for Leonard while members of the media and fans try to predict what that plan will look like.

According to FanDuel, the Clippers have the fourth highest odds to win the 2023 NBA Championship at +700, behind only the Boston Celtics (+450), Milwaukee Bucks (+550) and Golden State Warriors (+650).

If they’re healthy, there’s no reason the Clippers can’t plan for at least late May as they chase their first NBA championship in franchise history.

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