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OKC Thunder: Andre Roberson participates in first restart practice

Thunder guard Andre Roberson was a full participant in practice Friday, the team's first practice at Disney World. 

"He looked really, really good in terms of the way he was moving," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "It was great to see him out there. I was really, really happy for him. But I think like what we've talked about in the past, we'll see how he can continue to build up and develop here over the next week, but he was out there today and he participated in everything." 

Roberson last played for the Thunder on Jan. 27, 2018, when he ruptured the patellar tendon in his left knee. If he plays for the Thunder when the season resumes Aug. 1, Roberson will have overcome a layoff of more than 30 months between games. 

"He looks great, and so I'm very happy to see him back because I know what it means to be out for that long and for a bad injury," forward Danilo Gallinari said. "To see him back, just to see the joy that he brings, the energy that he brings to the team, it's great to see him out here with us." 

The Thunder's practice Friday was its first since the season was suspended in March. 

Neither Gallinari nor Chris Paul, who joined the Thunder via trades last summer, have played with Roberson. 

"I used to have to fry Dre back in the day when I was on another team and he's, you know, the stopper for the Thunder," Paul said. "During the quarantine, to see that he was out on the court working, and to actually play, I'm so happy for him. He's had some of the toughest times that people wouldn't even know." 

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Oklahoma City's Andre Roberson speaks to the media during media day for the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Andre Roberson speaks to the media during media day for the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. [Nate Billings/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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