It turns out Kevin Love wasn’t actually the last pick in the NBA All-Star Draft. That dubious honor belongs to Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge.
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According to ESPN, Aldridge was taken last by Team LeBron and Al Horford was the final pick for Team Stephen.
We’re all All-Stars, so, at the end of the day, we should be thankful to be here, Aldridge told ESPN. Picked first, picked last, it doesn’t matter. We’re all competitive, too. It won’t be the easiest thing to be picked last, but at the end of the day, you’re just happy to be here.
However, the man who was picked last does not share the same concern with it being on TV.
It’s an extra layer of protection, Aldridge told ESPN. You don’t want guys holding grudges [with captains] and it could add some animosity or some aspects to the game that you don’t really need. But if guys want to know, they want to know. I don’t really care. I’m here. I’m on the team.
Popovich pointed out that he was just being realistic because the season is winding down and Leonard, who has only played nine games this season, still isn’t ready to go.
You know, with Kawhi, I’ll be surprised if he returns this season, Popovich said Wednesday. We only have ‘x’ number of games left in the season, and he’s still not ready to go.
If by some chance he is, it’s gonna be pretty late in the season and it’s going to be a pretty tough decision, you know, how late you bring somebody back. So that’s why I’m just trying to be honest and logical. I’ll be surprised if he gets back this year.
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Leonard has been out of the lineup since Jan. 13 dealing with a quad injury. He averaged 16.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game this season before suffering a setback. According to ESPN, Leonard has been medically cleared to return but has elected against returning to the active roster. His timetable for a return has caused tension within the organization and could impact his future in LeSean McCoy Youth jersey San Antonio.