Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson played in his first NBA game in over 2 years on Friday. While it was only an exhibition game in preparation for the NBA restart in Orlando, it was still an incredible inspiring moment for sports.
January 27, 2018. As he cut toward the basket for an alley-oop from teammate Russell Westbrook, Roberson’s left knee gives out and he collapses to the floor. He’s carried off the court to be evaluated, where it’s determined that he has ruptured his patellar tendon.
The following day the Thunder sent out an official announcement that Roberson would be getting surgery and will miss the rest of the season.
The years that followed included setback after setback that kept Roberson from returning to the court. Multiple surgeries and health concerns put his career in jeopardy, but he never gave up.
It took him 909 days to finally put on an official Thunder uniform again.
Roberson claims to have improved his shot while rehabbing, easily the weakest part of his game. Considered one of the best perimeter defenders in the league before his injury, his career averages of 25.7% from three and 46.7% from the free throw line leave a lot to be desired.
Teammates and coaching staff have commented on his defensive intelligence and improved shooting, both of which are good signs that Roberson is ready for his NBA comeback. He made one of his two three point attempts and recorded a block and a steal in limited playing time during Friday’s scrimmage against the Boston Celtics.
Featured photo credit: The Oklahoman
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