Spurs star Kawhi Leonard is back, and he apparently knows karate now

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After more than six months, a season-ending ankle injury, the final three-plus games of last season’s Western Conference finals, a mysterious quad injury and the first 27 games of this regular season, we’ll finally see San Antonio Spurs forward and perennial NBA MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard play again.

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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich confirmed last week’s report that Leonard will make his season debut against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-NBA selection will reportedly play on an indeterminate minutes restriction after missing the first third of the season with right quadriceps tendinopathy.

Yahoo Sports’ Michael Lee and Dan Devine have already covered in great detail how the Spurs survived without one of the game’s best players and what Leonard’s return means to a team that had already established itself among the Western Conference elite with a 19-8 record (third in the West).

So, I will just point out that Kawhi Leonard knows karate now, which is a page out of Tim Duncan’s kickboxing playbook, as if his defensive prowess and monstrous hands weren’t scary enough already:


It’s enough to make you feel sorry for Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes, even in limited minutes.

Kawhi Leonard is excited. (AP)
Kawhi Leonard is excited. (AP)

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