Spurs star hoping to return 'soon'

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The forward's lengthy recovery reportedly has created friction between Leonard and the Spurs, and one report even indicated that the two-time Defensive Player of the Year wanted out of San Antonio.

But obviously, I'm a competitor, and if I can play, I'm going to go out and play like I did in the nine games, just to test it out.

Leonard held an impromptu, four-minute press conference Wednesday following Spurs practice. He will not travel with the team on the upcoming three-game road trip to Golden State, Oklahoma City and Houston, but said a return is imminent. In a clip posted to the ESPN website, Leonard said there isn't "friction" between himself and the Spurs franchise.

Asked if he would like to finish his career in a Spurs uniform, Leonard said simply, "Yeah, for sure".

San Antonio will need Leonard to get up to gear and progress quickly if they are to makes some waves in the postseason.

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"I just have to keep doing what I am doing", Leonard said. "I just have to keep doing what I am doing".

He also tried to quash the idea that there is a lot of tension in his relations with the Spurs, saying he wants to stay a Spur for his entire career.

"The guys have been doing it all season. We don't want to take any steps back and just aggravate things", Leonard continued. "It's hard to explain, but I am definitely better". I talk to Pop (Gregg Popovich) every day. He knows what the progressions were, he knew what I was doing the whole entire time as well as the front office.

As far as the pain, Leonard says he is feeling better.

ESPN reported last month that Leonard went to NY during the All-Star break to seek a second opinion, fueling speculation that there was friction between Leonard and the Spurs over the handling of his injury. San Antonio plays 15 of its last 18 games against opponents with winning records. I'm thankful for them, for the teammates that I have. We made a group decision.

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