Russell Westbrook was forced out of the playoffs last season after suffering a torn meniscus against the Houston Rockets. On Tuesday, we learned Oklahoma City’s star point guard will be forced to watch the Thunder’s first 4-6 weeks of the 2013-14 season after having another procedure performed on the same knee.
Westbrook was forced to undergo arthroscopic surgery on the knee after swelling was experienced in the area. The team simply wanted to provide Westbrook with the best chance to return healthy without further issues down the road. They did not want to deal with a will-he-or-won’t-he drama like Chicago was forced to with Derrick Rose.
“Russell has been incredible in his work and rehabilitation,” said Presti. “He has been pain-free and has performed at a high level during practice but has experience 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 able to confirm that the meniscus has healed properly.”
Wesbrook has not played since April 24, when he sustained the injury in Game 2 of OKC’s opening round series against the Rockets.
In his stead, third-year point guard Reggie Jackson will take over ball-handling duties.