I really haven’t been that creative in thinking about this. I personally believe they are holding something back (as in full potential on display) Kawhi could have something chemically going on in his body. Something that is limiting his muscle recovery for example.
Personal opinion could vary from Kawhi is convinced he’s leaving and isn’t going to put his health in jeopardy, to he suffering from extreme anxiety issues, to a stress fracture not really healing properly.
Who knows. My main point was each raptor fan is operating from their imagination. Which is never a good thing.
I’ve heard Grange when he’s on the fan 590 refer to managing Kawhi’s condition, as to what’s going on with Kawhi’s load management. Referring to it as a condition doesn’t really say much, but he acknowledges that he doesn’t have any inside information, but probably more than us as fans. When asked, Kawhi says that he’s not hurt. The only thing I can read into is that he either needs or feels like he needs extra time to recover and not risk being in a position to deteriorate his body or reinjure. There are muscular conditions that limit recovery, but I doubt he’d be able to play at this level as much as he does. There’s a soccer player who was once touted as potentially the next Messi, scored the World Cup winning goal in 2014, and declined rapidly until they found out he had a degenerative muscular condition. I don’t see this kind of decline in Kawhi.
The playoffs will tell us a lot about where he’s at, because you’d assume he’s not resting any of those games and they played like 15 games in 29 days back in 2015. That kind of grind would show us where he’s at.