Atlanta Hawks swingman Thabo Sefolosha recently won his battle in court, and Wednesday he returned to the court for the first time since breaking his leg in April during an incident with the NYPD outside a New York City nightclub.
Sefolosha played eight minutes in the Hawks’ 100-86 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, scoring five points and grabbing three rebounds in his short time on the floor. While he didn’t play much, this was a big step in his recovery from such a serious injury.
With DeMarre Carroll leaving in free agency, Sefolosha will play an even bigger role for the Hawks this season, so getting him healthy is of the utmost importance. The 31-year-old will likely slide into the starting small-forward spot when he’s able to take on a larger minutes burden.
Last week, Sefolosha was quickly cleared of all three charges against him that stemmed from the NYPD incident. He says the NYPD is at fault for his injuries, although he still hasn’t determined whether or not he’ll go after them in civil court.
NBPA executive director Michele Roberts says Sefolosha will have the full backing of the union if he decides to pursue a civil case, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.