Russell Westbrook Out 4-6 Weeks
Unbeknownst to many Russell Westbrook fans, Westbrook underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday. It was assumed that Westbrook was fully healed from his torn meniscus from last season, so the surgery comes as a complete surprise since training camp has already begun. Now Westbrook may miss up to two to four weeks of the regular season.
GM Sam Presti said, “Russell has been incredible in his work and rehabilitation. He has been pain-free and has performed at a high level during practice, but has experienced recent swelling that had not subsided. After careful consideration and recommendations from the medical team, we elected to do the procedure today based on our consulting physician’s belief that the swelling would be alleviated, and in turn give Russell the best chance for sustained performance throughout the season and beyond. During the procedure it was determined that the source of swelling was due to a loose stitch, and fortunately we were also able to confirm that the meniscus has healed properly.”
Westbrook will now miss up to two to four weeks of the regular season. Kevin Durant will now have to pick up the offensive load for this offensively challenged team. Defense has never been a problem for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but offense may be for them this year.