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Thunder: Andre Roberson says he's 'kinda past the rehab stage'

Whenever the NBA returns, Thunder guard Andre Roberson might return with it. 

It’s been more than two years since Roberson ruptured the patellar tendon in his left knee in a game at Detroit. Subsequent surgeries have kept him sidelined, but Roberson shared a positive health update in a video interview with Colorado men’s basketball

“I know I was on track to come back and, cross fingers, hopefully play a couple G League games right there toward the end of the season and get ready for playoffs,” Roberson said in the video. “That was my plan, but it’s kind of been derailed.” 

The NBA season was suspended on March 11 after Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. But the time off could work in Roberson’s advantage. 

“It’s a blessing in disguise because it’s given me more time to continue to work on me,” Roberson said. “But it’s also kind of taken away because I need other people to play against, to get a feel for the court, play five on five again and obviously get back into plays and stuff like that.” 

Roberson entered training camp this preseason with no restrictions, but he never appeared in a preseason or regular season game. The Thunder announced in December that Roberson would continue his rehab away from the team in Los Angeles. 

“I’m kinda past the rehab stage,” Roberson said in the video. “I’m almost to the point where I should be cleared, honestly. Still taking it a day at a time until I get back into our medical staffs’ hands and get re-evaluated. So just staying patient through it all knowing that the light is right there at the end of the tunnel. It’s definitely been a long journey and, you know, coming to an end.” 

Roberson started 269 games for the Thunder from 2013-18. He and Steven Adams are the longest-tenured Thunder players. 

Roberson’s contract will expire after this season. 

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Oklahoma City's Andre Roberson (21) shoots baskets during warm ups before the preseason NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. , Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Andre Roberson (21) shoots baskets during warm ups before the preseason NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. , Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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