Thunder’s Andre Roberson feels like he’s ready to return to the court

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Andre Roberson hasn’t played in a game since January of 2018. Over two years later, and after some setbacks, Roberson feels like he’s finally ready to play again.

Roberson told the Catching up with the Family podcast that “I’m kinda past the rehab stage. I’m almost to the point where — I should be playing, honestly. But I’m still taking it a day at a time until I get back into our medical staff’s hands and get reevaluated. Just staying patient through it all and knowing that the light is right there at the end of the tunnel… It’s definitely been a long journey and it’s coming to an end.”

The show is hosted by current University of Colorado director of player development Nate Tomlinson, who was Roberson’s college teammate with the Buffaloes.

Roberson tore his left patellar tendon in a game against the Detroit Pistons on January 27, 2018. Over the last two plus years, Roberson has looked close to a return a couple of different times, but has been unable to shake pain in his left knee.

Before getting hurt, Roberson was regarded as one of the better defenders in the NBA. He was able to defend 2-4, while also able to hold his own against bigger point guards and smaller centers. Roberson signed a three-year, $30 million dollar contract that will expire after this season. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent for the first time this offseason.