Gregg Popovich dismisses Tony Parker’s Kawhi Leonard timeline

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Tony Parker called Kawhi Leonardclose” to returning from injury, saying the star forward would be back in 2-3 weeks.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich isn’t endorsing that timeline, though he’s using similar language.

Michael C. Wright of ESPN:

Told about Parker’s remarks, Popovich asked, “Is that Dr. Parker?”

“I’m probably not going to consult Tony on when Kawhi is going to come back,” Popovich said. “It’s just me. Maybe I’m being shortsighted, but I’m probably not gonna go there.”

“He’s getting very close and making progress,” Popovich said. “He’s having contact now, and hopefully, we’ll get him back shortly.”

Parker called Leonard “close.” Popovich called Leonard “very close.”

Does Popovich actually disagree? When is shortly?

I think Popovich just wants to remain mysterious until Leonard actually returns, and I’m inclined to believe that Parker spilled some accurate beans. But Popovich’s statement still casts doubt on any expectations for Leonard’s return..