OKLAHOMA CITY – Russell Westbrook wasn't too excited about talking to the media for the first time since his latest knee surgery, but the All-Star point guard said there's no doubt he'll return as good as ever.
"I mean, it's tough," Westbrook said before Sunday's win over Boston. "You just have to try to find a way to keep a rhythm. Stay intact with the team. Find a way to keep your spirits up and be ready to play next time."
The team said Westbrook should be ready to return after the All-Star break, but Westbrook didn't speculate. Coach Scott Brooks said Westbrook was shooting free throws with the team at practice. Westbrook was not walking with a crutch on Sunday and was shooting with the team before the game.
"I don't pay attention to those projections," Westbrook said. "I just wake up and try to get better each and every day."
Westbrook said he wasn't in any pain at any point this season but said the swelling in his knee was becoming an issue. He is recovering from the third surgery on the same knee in the past nine months. He was initially injured in the first round of the playoffs a season ago.
"I'm jut trying to do what's best for my body and what's best for me in the future," he said.
Westbrook seemed slightly irritated during the brief question period finishing up the interview by saying, "It's not any of your business anyway."