Josh McRoberts confirmed Saturday that he will not return to action this season, but said his knee rehabilitation has gone well and he’s looking forward to playing with the new-look Heat next season.
McRoberts tore the meniscus in his right knee Dec. 9 during a game against the Phoenix Suns and underwent season-ending surgery to correct the injury. It has been a frustrating year for the power forward, who signed a four-year deal with the Heat last summer. Before the knee injury, McRoberts had a long rehabilitation after toe surgery. He also injured his back on the Heat’s first day of training camp.
“It has been a process,” McRoberts said. “It’s tough not being able to be a part of it when you’re used to being a part of it.”
Although McRoberts didn’t want to go into detail about his surgery, he did clarify that his knee surgery “was totally different” than procedures this season to Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls and Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets. Walker is back playing for the Hornets, who trail the Heat by two games in the loss column. Rose has left open the possibility for a return during the playoffs.