Andre Roberson has been seen shooting after practice, but because of the physical sessions in the first week of preseason, his involvement in actual practice has been limited.
The Thunder had its sixth practice this week on Friday and Roberson has not been cleared for contact. The Thunder won’t rush Roberson back in his rehabilitation from a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee.
“He just can’t do those things,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Someone asked me if he’s jumping in there. Really, it’s been hard for him to jump into anything with the way practice has been. There will be a time as we start to go forward where he’ll be able to do that.”
Donovan’s focus with Roberson, rather, has been on talking to him about his rehab process. In post-practice, Roberson has been seen taking mostly set shots ranging from the restricted area to 3-point range.
“He looks good running, he looks good moving,” Donovan said. “I see him out here. He’s doing stuff all the time. But I think it’s totally different trying to regain your timing and those kind of things.
“Like anything else, you want to be able to develop confidence. When you’ve had the type of injury he had, I’m sure starting, stopping, cutting, moving, there’s a confidence that he’s got to build up, like ‘hey, my foot, my knee, everything’s OK here.’ I think that takes a little bit of time. He’s worked really hard to get where he’s at right now, and he’s done a great job of staying engaged with the team, staying motivated to get back, being involved in practice.”