Jason Richardson, who is the oldest player on the Philadelphia 76ers, is set to play for the first time in over two years on Friday night.
Richardson, , is going to start for Philadelphia against the Indiana Pacers.
Richardson has been practicing for several days but it was unclear what his role would be before the announcement.
Richardson last played an NBA game on January 18, 2013.
“I feel great,” Richardson told CSN after running up and down the court at PCOM for an hour and a half on Wednesday. “It is great to be finally moving and playing five-on-five. It’s been a long time coming, and it felt great to get through a whole practice.”
Richardson had surgery two years ago to repair a hole in his cartilage. He took almost a year off with no activity, then spent about an entire year of rehabbing.
“A fantastic example for our young guys … they’ve seen the work. He just won’t go away. What a story,” said Sixers coach Brett Brown, reported Molly Sullivan of CSN.
As an illustration of how long it’s been, the Sixers starters the last time Richardson played has been noted–Richardson, Jrue Holiday, Thad Young, Evan Turner, and Lavoy Allen.
Nick Young was Philly’s sixth man back then.