Shannon Sharpe reacts to Kawhi Leonard not returning to Spurs after being medically cleared

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In his discussion with Skip Bayless and Joy Taylor, Shannon Sharpe reacts to San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich saying he'd be surprised if Kawhi Leonard returned to play this season despite the Spurs' medical staff clearing him to play.

- Skip, I got a funny feeling this is not going to end well for your Spurs. I believe that Kawhi doesn't think he's healthy. And I know what the doctor says. Spurs' team doctors have told him, and I know he's gone to specialists. And it was reported that he went and saw another specialist a couple of days ago.


- The same?

- Same. Keep going.

- Skip, it's hard for me to believe. I mean, because he's so quiet, you don't get anything. Well I spoke to some people in his camp, or I spoke to some people around Kawhi, and this is what's going on. You don't hear that. So it is really hard to tell about him, Skip. Because you know, he just sits there, and he's just like so stoic. But it's hard for me to believe that this young man isn't hurt. And I get it, you know the MRI, the ultrasound, whatever he's had on his quadriceps tendon, or whatever is going on. Something's not right, Skip. And this is not going to end well.

Now he has one year left on that contract. They can offer him 219 this summer. But I don't think money, could it be money? Does he just want out of San Antonio? Does he want to get to a bigger market so he could, the Claw should. You know, the Claw thinks, I don't know, but Skip something's not right here. And the Spurs, you read how great their team doctors are, and how this relationship with the Spurs' front office and the players is great.


- We've never seen anything like this.


- The greats for the Spurs. You go back to David Robinson, and Tim Duncan, and Tony Parker, and Ginobili, and here comes Kawhi. Kawhi was that bridge from all-time, all-time greats like Robinson and Duncan, and now we got Kawhi. And he was going to take them on to the future, but Skip. Man, this man's got to be hurt, Skip. I don't believe he's faking it.


- I just don't. I can't. And I know it's frustrating for the Spurs because it's looking like, well hold on. Dude we've done sent you all around the world. We've gotten every image. We've talked to the specialist on top of specialists. And they say they can find nothing wrong. But, at the end of the day Skip, he's got to do it.

I remember when I broke my collarbone and the Broncos didn't put me on IR, Skip. And so I was running on the treadmill, and I'm trying to get back, and I heard a crunch. And you know, the Broncos' team doctor told me everything was OK. Mm-mmm. I called my agent. I flew somewhere else. They told me it was OK. OK, I'm not playing, not going back out there. Not when I felt that crunch, they told me it was OK. But I felt a crunch. I knew what I felt. I know what the imaging is saying, but that's not what he's feeling. And at the end of the day,

Kawhi has got to do what's in the best interest of Kawhi. Maybe it's degeneration of that tendon. Maybe it's something that the images can't pick up. But Skip, like I said, just looking at him, it's hard for me to believe that this man is healthy, and he's just choosing not to play. I just can't believe that.