Westbrook goes through another surgery

All-Star point guard will be out another 4-6 weeks with knee injury

10/2/13 in NBA   |   andrewgilman   |   20 respect

OKLAHOMA CITY – Russell Westbrook is out for at least the first four weeks of the upcoming regular season.

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.

April 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The City Thunder defeated the Warriors 116-97. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports“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. 
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While the Thunder struggled in the playoffs without Westbrook, the positive news for the team is it won't have to face Memphis for five-consecutive games like they did last May. That will certainly help Reggie Jackson get comfortable as the team's starting point guard and will help Jeremy Lamb, who will see his first real action as a rotation player. The Thunder also has Derek Fisher as a reserve point guard.
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