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Brett Dawson: Andre Roberson was in the gym shooting free throws tonight, Presti says. His recovery is “a long process,” but he’s starting to get to the point where he can “ramp it up a little bit.”
Royce Young: Andre Roberson had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today to address some swelling that’s come on as a result of his rehab from the ruptured patella. The recovery of the patella itself though is said to be going great.
Royce Young: Roberson and the Thunder made a collective decision to have the scope now rather than wait and see if the swelling reduced on its own in order to continue to aggressively rehab to be ready for the start of the 2018-19 season.
Fred Katz: Presti on the amount of time it took to adjust to the loss of Roberson: “We didn’t do a good enough job with that.”
Steven Adams, who Andre Roberson described Wednesday as “my buddy since day one,” has discussed wanting to keep Roberson a part of the team [during his rehab from injury], too. “I’m doing everything I can to stay involved,” Roberson said. “Being around the guys just makes me feel not alone, because a lot of time, I’m alone, four walls, by myself, doing rehab with someone one-on-one.”
Andre Roberson’s rehab process remains nowhere near aggressive yet. “It’s kind of like the foundation stage, just letting everything kind of heal right away,” he said. “I do slow bends, little quad contractions, kind of keep it alive. Keep the muscle going.”
Connor Letourneau: Kevin Durant called Andre Roberson, who is out for the season with a ruptured patella tendon, “probably the best” defensive player in the league. Said he reached out to Roberson after the injury.
Erik Horne: Thunder announces Andre Roberson underwent “a successful procedure” today to repair his ruptured left patellar tendon. Surgery was performed by Dr. Carlan Yates of the McBride Orthopedic Hospital in Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today that guard/forward Andre Roberson suffered a ruptured left patellar tendon during the third quarter of Saturday’s win over the Detroit Pistons. Roberson will undergo surgery to repair the injury and he is expected to miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season. Additional updates will be provided as appropriate.
Russell Westbrook: Constant praying for my brother @flydre21 ????????
Fred Katz: Adams and Dre are close. Same draft class. Rose through the Thunder together. Both have very good senses of humor. Have become good friends in the process.
Like Roberson, George has been on that stretcher and had teammates surrounding him, supporting him at the peak of his career. The same support will be shifted to Roberson as he returns to Oklahoma City for a potentially season-changing diagnosis.
“I’ll be there for him along the way,” George said. “… to try to help as much as possible and putting him in a good place with the injury. Because I know how it is. I’ve been down that road before. One thing about Dre, man, he’s tough. He’s a strong person. He’ll definitely preserve through.”
Enes Kanter: Prayers up to my brother @Andre Roberson Andre Roberson 🙏🙏
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Andre Roberson will be examined upon return to OKC, but expectation is that he will need to undergo season-ending surgery for a ruptured patellar tendon in his left leg.
Royce Young: Billy Donovan confirms that it’s a patellar tendon injury for Andre Roberson, but said they’d know more once they get back to OKC for more evaluation.
Fred Katz: Donovan on Roberson: “Dre’s situation probably took a lot out of us, out of the team…We lost a little bit there, and rightfully so.”
Erik Horne: Steven Adams on Andre Roberson’s injury: “It’s s***. It’s real s***. He’s a huge part of our team and why we win. It’s a huge blow to us but we’re just gonna have to rely on some other players to step up.“
Fred Katz: Carmelo Anthony tells @nickgallo22 re: Roberson: “That’s a tough moment to see that, to be out there with that, to see what happens, it’s like it’s happening in slow motion. To come back and have to play a game after that, there’s a lot of emotions. Our prayers are with Dre.”
Terrance Ferguson: Prayers up to my brother @Andre Roberson Keep God first 🙏🏽
Adrian Wojnarowski: Source: Preliminary report on OKC’s Andre Roberson: ruptured patellar tendon.
Adrian Wojnarowski: There is still testing to do on Roberson to confirm full severity of leg injury.
Erik Horne: Saw Andre Roberson with his left leg immobilized in an air cast, but do not know the specificity or extent of the injury. Was placed on a cart, then assisted to locker room by Thunder staff.
Stephen Curry: Stay strong @DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Roberson! Prayers your way for a strong recovery 🙏🏽
Brett Dawson: Roberson leaving on a stretcher. None of this looks good.
LeBron James: Prayers sent to @Andre Roberson! Hope you gone be good homie. 🙏🏾
Royce Young: Andre Roberson is back in his starting spot tonight.
Brett Dawson: Nothing new on Andre Roberson. Out tonight. Status for Charlotte on Saturday TBD. Terrance Ferguson starts again tonight.
Erik Horne: Andre Roberson is listed as out Tuesday against Portland. He’s likely looking at least at two games out (Portland, Minnesota on Wednesday) this week.
Royce Young: Terrance Ferguson will start again tonight. Alex Abrines (groin) and Andre Roberson (knee) are still out.
Brett Dawson: Andre Roberson is out for all three games of this Thunder road trip. He’ll be evaluated after that.
Brett Dawson: Paul George will play tonight. Andre Roberson is out.
Erik Horne: Andre Roberson got four stitches above his left eye. Available to return.
Erik Horne: Looks like Roberson and KAT each got a piece of each other in the face on KAT’s last bucket. Both players went to the locker room. Grant in for the Thunder.
Fred Katz: Billy Donovan said yesterday that he’s unconcerned about Andre Roberson’s left knee and Roberson will be all fine come the Rockets series.
Gerald Bourguet: Leandro Barbosa out again tonight for PHX. No Andre Roberson (left knee soreness) or Alex Abrines (left knee sprain) for OKC. #SunsVsThunder
Fred Katz: Alex Abrines (sprained left knee) is out for tomorrow’s game in Phoenix. Andre Roberson (knee soreness) is questionable.
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Orlando Sentinel: From what you’ve seen of Mohamed Bamba already, what can he ultimately accomplish? What’s his ceiling? Steve Clifford: Oh, he has a tremendous upside. The NBA now is so much about two-way players, versatility and positional size. And he has all of those things. When you start watching him, this stands out right away: his size, length and agility. The rebounding part, the blocked-shot part — those are the things that strike you right away. But he also, to me, has a very good feel and instincts for the game naturally. He can read the defense. He can anticipate off the ball. I see someone who sees the game, and in this league, it’s hard to win if you can’t play a smart game. He’s going to play an intelligent, smart game, which in this league is paramount.
OS: You went out to San Jose to see Aaron Gordon. You could’ve just called him up on the phone. Why go out there? And how did that go? Steve Clifford: It was very good for me because I got to see him work out. When I first got here the first day, the three of us sat down — Jeff, John and I — and they gave me a good evaluation on all the players, where they’re at. So it was a great starting point for me. And they had told me what a great worker Aaron was. So when I went out there I watched him work out in the weight room and then also on the floor. And then we had a good chance to talk, too. So it was good. Obviously, there’s a big difference between talking to someone on the phone and meeting them face-to-face. In order to build the right type of player-coach relationship, which is so critical in this league, I just feel like the face-to-face part is much more beneficial.
Sirius XM NBA: “People are not talking about Chicago in the same way they talked about Boston and Philadelphia, as being a team of the future because it snuck up on everybody to a huge degree… It’s going to become very in vogue to say that the Bulls are a team of the future” @David Griffin
Royce White: Here is a snapshot of my journey. In 2012 I was drafted by the Houston Rockets. I came into the NBA with COMPLETE DISCLOSURE of my pre-existing diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Despite the editorial intro that has so commonly been the synopsis of my story, my inability to manage anxiety WAS NOT the cause of my “career derailment.” My choice to live transparently, collaboratively and safely was. As my first season in the NBA approached, Houston and I began to discuss how to foster a supportive environment.
Royce White: My motivation was to connect some dots on the psychological psuedo-science I was presented with in my pre-draft process. During the discussions with Houston, my management team and I were shocked to discover there were NO FORMAL MENTAL HEALTH POLICIES. In response, I attempted to formalize a written agreement that would modify existing policies to encompass mental health. The proposal we suggested included ALL TEAM PERSONNEL, not just PLAYERS. That proposal was tacitly denied. It was during this time that birth was given to a narrative behind the scenes that I was simply ”AWOL” and non-compliant. This was mostly the work of Daryl Morey and maybe others that I am not aware of. That narrative was untrue and drove me to Twitter and other media outlets to exonerate myself.
Royce White: This season the world saw three very good NBA players (Kevin Love, Demar Derozan & Kelly Oubre) make global headlines. These men BRAVELY disclosed their own mental health struggles with the public. However, they were not the first and MORE IMPORTANTLY they won’t be the last. Recent studies have shown that athletes may be even more predisposed to mental health struggles than other citizens. …. The most notable case of a completely PROACTIVE approach in the NBA may certainly be my own. Sadly when I challenged policy and advocated for my own health, people within my own support system feared the peripheral effects of my public castigation. They worried many players wouldn’t discuss their plights going forward due to the condemnation that was crystallizing around my story. Although I didn’t want to believe it, they were somewhat right. Over the past 5-6 years I’ve been contacted by hundreds of players that have expressed many of their various mental health afflictions. Unfortunately many of them have also expressed an apprehension to share those afflictions with their team or the public.