Andre Roberson now rehabbing knee away from Thunder for a ‘change of scenery’
Oklahoma City Thunder wing Andre Roberson last played in an NBA game back on Jan. 27, 2018, after a gruesome injury that left him with a ruptured left patellar tendon. Since then, he has been on the rehab trail, but nothing much has materialized as it has pertained to him rejoining the Thunder and becoming a rotational piece for the team. In the wake of that, Roberson has now decided to rehab away from the team in order to get a “change of scenery.”
A Thunder spokesperson says Andre Roberson will be handling his rehab on his left knee away from the team in Los Angeles for a “change of scenery.” No timetable for his return.
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) December 3, 2019
According to Thunder head coach Billy Donovan, Roberson hasn’t necessarily had any setbacks. He further extrapolated that, “Really what it came down to is he can’t get himself back to play, and he just wants to try some other avenues to try to get himself back to play. It wasn’t like he got injured, he’s not dealing with anything that has set him back.”
Billy Donovan on Andre Roberson rehabbing away from the team, in L.A.: "… What it came down to is he can’t get himself back to play, and he just wants to try some other avenues to try to get himself back to play. …" pic.twitter.com/T2oQmruDtk
— Maddie Lee (@maddie_m_lee) December 3, 2019
From the 2014-2018 campaigns, Roberson appeared in 255 regular-season games for Oklahoma City and started all but two of those contests. Never known for his offensive exploits, Roberson made the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2017, long heralded as a premier on-ball defender around the league.
Roberson represents one of the longest-standing players in the Thunder organization following the departures of both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. While Roberson would figure to see only a light role if he is able to return to action in the near future, the fact that the Thunder have stuck with him throughout the process indicates that they are interested in keeping him aboard.