Tony Parker: Kawhi will have to adjust to the team
SAN ANTONIO —
In what will likely be the regular-season debt for San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard tonight versus Dallas, it won't be just the team that will have to adjust to his return. Kyle Anderson will likely head back to the bench, ball touches will be reduced among the players and the offense will eventually run through him.
But it is not just the team that'll have an adjustment period, Leonard will also have to adjust to the team as well.
The team is 19-8 without Kawhi and are on a 4-game winning streak while boasting one of the NBA's best defenses.
And if Kawi wants this string of success to continue, his teammate, Tony Parker, says he'll have to adjust his game as well.
"It's going to take some time because whatever they (Spurs) were doing, even before I came back, they were doing well," said Parker when asked about Kawhi adjusting to the team.
There is no denying getting Kawhi back on the floor is going to be a tremendous boost to a team already proving they can win without him. They are currently third in the West and are just 2.5 game behind the Rockets for the West's top spot.
Anderson, in a starting role for Kawhi, has been averaging career high statistics across the board, and Rudy Gay is flourishing off the bench with the additional minutes freed by Leonard's absence.
But bringing back a player who averaged a career-best 25.5 points last season and is a two-time defensive player of the year is a good trouble to have even if it take a while for everyone to get on the same page.
Said Parker, "I had to adjust and make sure I didn't disrupt what was going on. Kawhi is going to have to do the same thing."