The OKC Thunder are rolling despite many thinking they would be in a slight decline prior to the season. When the got Russell Westbrook back, it showed just how truly valuable he is to that team.
However, the Thuder will have to be wihouth Westbrook for about two months.
In somewhat of a surprise, he has knee surgery today and is out until after the all-star break, announced the team:
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee earlier today, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced.
“Russell has been playing pain free, but recently had experienced increased swelling. After consultation and consideration by his surgeon in Los Angeles, a plan was established to monitor the swelling that included a series of scheduled MRIs,” said Presti. “On the most recent MRI it was determined by the surgeon that there was an area of concern that had not previously existed, nor was detectable in the previous procedures, and it was necessary to evaluate Russell further. The consulting physician determined that arthroscopic surgery was necessary to address the swelling that was taking place. We know that Russell’s work ethic and commitment will help him return to the level of play that we have all come to appreciate.”
Westbrook is expected to return post All-Star break.
Prior to the playoffs last year, Westbrook never missed a game due to injury. Hopefully this isn’t what he will become.