The guard-forward Andre Roberson He joined Friday training for the Oklahoma City Thunder in his first session in the Orlando « bubble ».

07/11/2020 at 09:06

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Roberson’s comeback comes two and a half years after playing in a real game, but he participated in the Thunder’s opening training, which included contact and a 5-on-5 match.

Oklahoma City team coach Billy Donovan said that « He looked very good in terms of fitness and the way he moved ».

He added, « It was great to see him there. I was really happy for him. But as we have talked about in the past, we will see how it can continue to develop. « 

Roberson ruptured the patellar tendon in his left knee in January 2018 as he rose to catch a ball he was fighting inside his team’s paint.

He returned in November 2018, but had a setback when A loose suture caused irritation and required additional surgery.

A knee with many problems

He was making progress and returned six weeks later, but then had another setback, suffering una avulsion fracture of the knee after falling from a jump.

After the second setback, which included a six-week break, Roberson advanced toward a comeback, but never returned to the field of play that season.

He entered the 2019-20 season optimistic about playing, saying he was « full » the day before training camp started, although he did not participate in the Thunder’s first session of the season.

He continued with rehabilitation, intensifying his activity and then going back down as the discomfort in his knee persisted, eventually completely leaving the team in December to continue his rehabilitation individually in Los Angeles.

Roberson, 28, as a professional has averages of 4.6 points and 4.0 rebounds and He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.