Clippers’ Tyronn Lue gave pivotal injury updates on Kawhi Leonard and Paul George ahead of training camp set to begin in less than a month.
Injuries end up playing a role in how every NBA season plays out.
Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Clippers, they had to deal with many ailments through the years, almost all taking away this organization’s ability to contend for a title.
Making the Western Conference Finals for the first time in team history in 2021, the Clippers have proven they have what it takes to stand at the top of the NBA world.
Everything for this organization hinders the availability of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Los Angeles’ two All-Stars have missed chunks of time after joining the organization in 2019.
Leonard has played in about 52 percent of the Clippers’ games since the start of the 2019-20 season, and George has played in just 61 percent of the team’s total games in the same span.
Recently appearing on SiriusXM NBA Radio, Lue spoke with Frank Isola and Brian Scalabrine about where things stand with his two stars ahead of training camp and their availability.
“We expect him to be ready by training camp,” Lue said of Leonard.
“He will be 100 percent by the time training camp hits, and we just gotta be ready for when training camp hits with our medical staff, and we just make sure we are doing the right things, as far as practices and games and making sure the minutes are right.”
“The same thing for PG (Paul George). When those two guys play, we’re an amazing team.”
Last season, Leonard played in 52 games, and George played in 56 games. Neither player has eclipsed 57 regular season game appearances with Los Angeles.
The 2023-24 season will be big for Los Angeles for the contract situations they should sort through next offseason.
They want to finally live up to the narratives placed upon them and be the championship threats in the Western Conference.
“We know we have a lot of talent, and we know we have a chance to win,” Lue continued.
“Lawrence Frank, Mark Hughes, Trent Redden, and Mr. Ballmer put together a great team and roster.”
“We just haven’t seen that finished product at the end of the season. That’s what’s frustrating, but don’t think these guys don’t want to play or compete.”
“Hopefully, we can keep praying and see our team at the end of the season with Kawhi and PG on the floor.”
With Leonard and George both expected to be ready for the training camp, Los Angeles is preparing to enter the 2023-24 season at full strength for the first time.