Time to panic?
Well, probably not yet, but the news out of Oklahoma City yesterday that Westbrook, the Thunder's all-star point guard, needed a second surgery on his knee, isn't exactly the kind of thing fans were hoping for as the season approaches.
Westbrook missed all but two of the Thunder's playoff games a season ago after suffering a meniscus injury. According to general manager Sam Presti, a second surgery was needed to alleviate swelling, due to a stitch coming loose.
“Russell has been incredible in his work and rehabilitation," Thunder general manager Sam Presti said."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.”
The good news is the Thunder schedule sets up well for the team to deal without Westbrook. The team opens up at Utah and then plays at Minnesota two nights later. The first six games of the season come against teams that didn't make the playoffs a season ago.