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Steve Ballmer on Kawhi Leonard returning this season: 'It's possible'

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It’s been two months since since Leonard had offseason surgery on his right knee. Is there any chance he plays this upcoming season? “Nobody knows at this stage,” Ballmer said. “Nobody knows. It’s possible. For sure, it’s possible. But it will depend on what the doctors say and what Kawhi says.”

Source: Mark Medina @ USA Today Sports

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk

Ballmer on Kawhi Leonard return this season: “Nobody knows at this stage”…7:05 PM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver

Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard in a hoodie that said “Clip gang or don’t bang” on the front with a picture of Paul George and Marcus Morris flexing after Leonard’s playoff dunk on Mavericks’ Maxi Kleber on the back PM

The Jump @_Talkin_NBA

PG and Kawhi aren’t impressed by this musical performance! 😂 PM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver

Armed with shovels, Clippers’ Steve Ballmer, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Tyronn Lue and Jerry West break ground on Intuit Dome in Inglewood PM

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

The opening ceremony for the groundbreaking of the new $1 billion home of the Clippers, the Intuit Dome. Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Steve Ballmer, Ty Lue and Jerry West are courtside and Clipper Darrell is dancing. PM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver

Clippers stars Kawhi Leonard & Paul George, owner Steve Ballmer and coach Tyronn Lue at the Intuit Dome groundbreaking ceremony in Inglewood PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU

Kawhi hoodie looks familiar PM

Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson

Kawhi, PG and several teammates are now in the tent, sitting baseline on this mini court. PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

Jerry West chatting with Kawhi Leonard before the Clippers’ groundbreaking ceremony for Intuit Dome in Inglewood. Paul George is here, too. PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

The Clippers break ground today on the Intuit Dome in Inglewood & will open for 2024-25 season. My chat with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer having his own arena, if the Clippers can win an NBA title at Staples Center & if Kawhi Leonard will play this season AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk

Clippers keep key players, keep path to contention open… once Kawhi Leonard gets healthy…5:22 PM

Ballmer admits he has often thought of what could’ve been if Leonard hadn’t gotten hurt. “It was painful,” Ballmer said. “Painful for Kawhi, painful for our team, painful for me and, most importantly, painful for our fans. But yeah, we gave it a go. We gave it a good go. We managed to push past Utah, even without Kawhi. “I was proud of our guys. We were within a whisker or two of taking care of business in the Western Conference finals, even without Kawhi. We’ll see when we get him back, but we basically have most of the same team back for next year. … I remain optimistic.” -via ESPN / September 17, 2021

Andrew Greif: Clippers president Lawrence Frank, post-draft, acknowledged Kawhi Leonard’s recovery will take “a great deal of time.” The team wants its relationship with the star to also last a very long time:… -via Twitter @AndrewGreif / July 30, 2021

Law Murray: Lawrence Frank on Kawhi Leonard: “Right now our focus is on his health. He had major surgery. He tore his ACL. So it’s gonna require a great deal of time and more support.” -via Twitter @LawMurrayTheNU / July 30, 2021

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