The Impact Of Westbrook’s Absence
by USA TODAY Sports, USA TODAY
Russell Westbrook had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday morning, according to the team.
The Oklahoma City guard suffered a torn meniscus in the first round of the playoffs last season after a collision with Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley.
“Russell has been incredible in his work and rehabilitation. He has been pain-free and has performed at a high level during practice, but has experienced recent swelling that had not subsided,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti. “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.”
Westbrook is expected to miss the first 4-6 weeks of the 2013-14 regular season.
Before his injury, Westbrook had never missed a game in his five NBA seasons, either regular season or playoffs.