After officially clearing quarantine, Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard says he feels healthier than he has all season.
“I mean, I feel good,” Leonard said. “You know, was able to work out, get strong and prepare for this moment now that we’re in. It’s about to be the first practice today, so I’m excited.”
Leonard had to quarantine after arriving for the league’s restart, as he didn’t travel with the team to tend to a family matter.
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said there are “no limits” on his star player, but they will proceed cautiously with him when it comes to ramping up for the playoffs.
“No limits, Kawhi is healthy for the most part,” Rivers told reporters. “That still doesn’t mean that we don’t want to maintain him and get him through the first eight games and get ready for the playoffs. We want to be smart about this. Not just for Kawhi; it’s with everybody.”
Leonard said he will treat the next several weeks like a preseason in order to get ready for the playoff push.
“You usually have three months and then come in for a training camp, have a couple practices, then you’ve got the preseason games,” Leonard said. “That’s pretty much the mindset. But like everybody knows, you only get eight games to get ready for the postseason. … Everybody knows their body and knows what they need to do, so I mean, it’s going to be my first practice today, so we’re going to go out and see how I feel and then just go from there, just keep building off of that. But nobody knows.”
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