Kawhi Leonard’s Slow Start Due to Problems With Eyesight

It’s hard to play basketball when you can’t see properly. Kawhi Leonard, who missed most of the preseason with an eye infection, is learning this first hand. Via the San Antonio Express-News:

Leonard said after Saturday’s loss to New Orleans that his right eye remains blurry after a preseason bout with conjunctivitis.


“My right eye, the vision’s not all the way back yet,” Leonard said. “Hopefully I can heal up soon. I’ve just got to keep competing so I can get used to it and get my rhythm going.”


Leonard shot 7 for 26 in his first three games, and started 2-for-8 against the Pelicans. He ended up 5 for 13 with 14 points and 14 rebounds for his first double-double of the season, but missed two shots on the Spurs’ final possession that could have given them the game.


[…] “It just has to run its course,” Leonard said. The doctor (team eye specialist Dr. Ed Rashid) said there were some military guys who had it for weeks and some for months.”